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Kalin's remarks came after John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor, said earlier on Sunday that American forces were going to stay in northeastern Syria until Turkey pledges not to go after US-allied Kurdish groups.

In a Sunday news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bolton said that "the defense of Israel and other friends in the region is absolutely assured" and that the United States would "take care of those who have fought with us against ISIS and other terrorist groups".

In his letter of resignation, Mattis said that he left due to disagreements with Donald Trump, and also because of the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria.

Those conditions, he said, included the defeat of remnants of IS in Syria, and protections for Kurdish militias who have fought alongside US troops against the extremist group.

The Trump administration is expected to withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops from Syria.

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The decision to withdraw, which also led to the resignation of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and other senior staff, has raised fears it will clear the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish fighters. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is normally a close ally of the president, have said a quick withdrawal would be a mistake, in part because it could leave the region vulnerable to a possible ISIS resurgence.

"We wanted to tell the (diplomats) that Israel doesn't want to go to war but if the Iranians establish themselves in Syria, the war will be inevitable".

During his meeting with Netanyahu, Bolton was expected to explain that some United States troops based in Syria to fight IS will shift to Iraq with the same mission and that the al-Tanf base would remain.

Rudaw news, a Kurdish outlet, reports that the British soldiers were injured in attack on a Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) base in the town of Deir al-Zour.

He has essentially carried on with President Obama's policy in Syria, launched in 2014, when ISIS was at its peak, and defined by an aggressive bombing campaign and a small number of US forces who work with the Kurds and other USA partners.

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He noted that Turkey is the only North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member which is countering the terror group PKK and its Syrian branches of PYD and YPG, as well as other terrorists of Daesh and FETO.

The report, which cited an Israeli official as the source, came shortly after Netanyahu explained US National Security adviser John Bolton the importance of the Golan Heights for Israel's security.

British special forces are the only military personnel understood to be operating in Syria alongside the US.

Turkey's presidential spokesman called allegations that his country planned to attack the USA -allied Kurds in Syria "irrational" and said Turkey was fighting terrorism for national security.

Bolton said US troops would remain at the critical are of al-Tanf, in southern Syria, to counter growing Iranian activity in the region. Israel captured the Old City from Jordan in the 1967 war.

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