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and the cake the kurdish party as being more terrorist something like an enemy of turkey worse than isis as we've heard before i don't think they've agreed that's what that's what explains the fact that they had to all of a meeting and certainly are the one continues to speak down at what. the national security adviser what i have said what does this take us i think probably do i need to have that conversation again withdrawn because he keeps saying i did with the american president i don't deal with his lieutenants that are in the region doing diplomacy all right thank you still had on al jazeera the former chairman of this son makes his first court appearance since his arrest for financial misconduct. demanding a living wage in nigeria unions threaten a nationwide strike back in a moment.
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hello there we're still got some wet and windy weather across parts of the middle east at the moment we've got the latest system making its way across turkey than stretching down through syria and then that will activate this system to the south so we're going to see some heavy rain across this region and a fair amount of snow as we head through wednesday that will then work its way eastwards and behind it we'll see another weather system begin to knock on the door of turkey as we head through thursday so generally speaking for many of us really quite unsettled at the moment with a good deal of cloud of rain and snow pushing through here in doha though the winds are feeding up from the south on wednesday and that does mean they could be a little bit of mr fog first thing but when that clears it's going to be quite a warm day i'll talk temperature about twenty six degrees but this woman weather isn't going to last as we head through thursday may be a change in the wind direction this time the winds will be firing down from the
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northwest it will be quite a blustery day and the temperatures will be dropping so a maximum just of twenty three degrees which is seventy three in fahrenheit and expected to get quite cool during the night as well down to around sixteen for the southern parts of africa plenty of what weather here you can see it stretching all the way across madagascar plenty of heavy rain here we're also seeing quite a few showers in the eastern parts of south africa a couple more likely here but most of the wet weather on wednesday is for the north . in a full time series a russian filmmaker travels across his homeland to discover what life is like under putin many russians view pushed him to somebody who was a difficult job rather than an authoritarian leader with imperial ambitions and many critics of a equally critical of the west meeting with russians from across the political spectrum andrei necromancer discovers a complex as each country's leader and his policies in search of putin's russia
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unknown jazeera. hello again the top story on al-jazeera the turkish president has lashed out at mixed messages coming from the trumpet ministration about its plans to pull troops out of syria tell you are the ones who never agreed not to target washington's kurdish allies which it regards terrorists meanwhile the u.s. secretary of state might bump a zero has reassured regional allies that withdrawing troops from syria won't jeopardize efforts to put pressure on iran the pompei o is in jordan's capital and on the first stop of his eight day middle east tour the us state department envoy
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to resolve the blockade of qatar anthony zinni has resigned the retired general says he quit his job after realizing he could not help the dispute is the solution comes eighteen months after four nations saudi arabia the u.a.e. egypt. imposed the land sea and air blockade on. attempts at peace talks in afghanistan have failed because the taliban has refused to meet with u.s. representatives for years all parties including the kabul government have tried to meet for reconciliation but to no avail someone about it explains. taliban leaders canceled a meeting with u.s. officials only a few hours after telling the media they were willing to hold face to face talks in qatar in the coming days and the reason is differences over inviting the afghan government delegation to join the talks a few days ago the taliban rejected an offer to meet afghan government
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representatives in saudi arabia preferring instead to hold talks with the u.s. special envoy zalmay khalilzad the united state. some cards taliban also try to play chess board in politics they don't want to open up. they want to give little intake a lot. the afghan government says it's ready to me the taliban any time anywhere but for the talks to succeed afghanistan needs help from neighboring pakistan the u.s. has repeatedly accused islamabad of providing safe haven for taliban leaders accusations dismissed by the pakistani government pakistan being the immediate neighborhood on a star is interested in any development in afghanistan leads to peace and stability of the region gotten the efforts underway to words
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a political settlement in afghanistan and the draw all of us troops should be part of a peace process we did to ensure that it is nor bar vacuum in a fantasy. despite huge international aid and a military campaign led by the us war is far from over and the taliban is far from defeated reports the trump administration might be withdrawing troops in the coming months triggered panic among afghan officials but the u.s. isn't. sole player in the region the russians invited the taliban and vendors of the kabul based afghan peace council for talks last year saudi arabia and the u.a.e. took part in the last round of talks in december. iran has also been active over the last few years building bridges with the taliban and the government iran says its goal is to ensure an afghan led peace deal. the talks gained
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momentum last year but it's unclear if all the parties are willing to make concessions and agree on a unity government has made about al-jazeera the north korean leader kim jong un is in china for his fourth visit within a year the trip came at the invitation of the chinese president xi jinping a south korea hopes the meeting will help efforts for peace as difficult paula reports from hong kong. kim jong un and his wife and senior officials boarding his customary armored train to beijing this video was released by the north korean state news agency in beijing news outlets were announcing the visit of the north korean leader an unusual move for both sides which usually keep their meeting shrouded in secrecy. this time though beijing wants to show washington its leverage with north korea as china and the us tussle in a trade war recent years with this drug administration the relationship with china
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has really got very sour and moreover as the as the trouble of a stray ship got a ramped up its north korea contacts they did so without any effort really to bring china and china as a fairly substantial country with one point four billion people and i think they really don't want to be ignored so i think this is china's effort to try to be a part of this process and the key question of course is what is their message to the north koreans and for north korea having its biggest ally in benefactor by its side as can john and prepares for another summit with the u.s. president donald trump is expected to put young man in a stronger negotiating position kim jong un's previous three trips all occurred before are off to holding meetings with the u.s. or south korean presidents many see this trip as an opportunity to engage china as north korea sets out its diplomatic strategy for the coming year twenty eighteen
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was a momentous year for north korean diplomacy in june for the first time in its history its leader met with the u.s. president following that trump kim summit in singapore north and south korean relations improved with the two sides of the peninsula working to improve communication sent facilities soul has welcomed the latest meeting in beijing congealing you and we hope that conjunctions visit to china contributes to complete denuclearized sation and you stop and last in peace on the korean peninsula there has been little progress since the us north korea summit in june pyongyang says it has made concessions with regards to its nuclear program but washington says it needs to see more concrete action many are now watching closely to see whether china will have any influence and pushing the diplomatic process forward to be gopalan odds. hong kong. a nationwide protest is underway in nigeria to demand better minimum wage the federal government had agreed to an amount but some states
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said they could not afford to pay it labor unions say all states must agree to pay a minimum wage of eighty three u.s. dollars per month my degrees has this update from a. hundreds of workers across nigeria or across the federal capital gathered here. protested demanded the immediate implementation of the minimum wage . for the. which of course did not which the government promised but up to now it hasn't happened yet so basically what they're demanding is that the nigerian government should keep its promise of increasing the minimum wage from a slightly over fifty two dollars to less than one hundred dollars and that has been the demand for the past four years or so the post approval was given in two thousand and sixteen the trust agreement was which was a bit of a waste from the local currency which was. ninety eight two thousand to thirty
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thousand and even now the labor union is talking about. minimum wage they're fighting for right now is not enough the states are saying that they are not in a position to pay the salary unless of course the federal government gives them additional funding to fit walker salaries and the workers are saying that if the budgets or the budgets of state governments can't be cut down to size of the west to spending in government then the employer state government can afford to pay its own what the basic minimum wage which the government disapproved the sudanese president has praised the army for defending the country is antigovernment protests continue. address the military parade and that's the city where protests over rising prices on government corruption started three weeks ago the rallies have spread across the country calling for bashir to step down after nearly thirty years in power authority say these nineteen people have been killed during the protests
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but rights group amnesty international has put the death toll at thirty seven. and eight people have been killed in the eastern parts of the democratic republic of congo armed men attacked families in a town called v.v. just north of benny an army spokesman in the area says they suspect that a.d.f. rebels from may bring uganda are behind the attack elections and some towns in the region were canceled due to security concerns a twenty year old german man has been arrested over a massive data breach that saw the private information of hundreds of politicians including chancellor angela merkel published online german media are reporting the suspect has confessed and that he acted out of annoyance about public statements made by the figures the only political party not affected by the breach was the right wing a.f.p. but police say it's too soon to see if the arrested man has right wing sympathies and also in germany a far right politician has been left seriously injured following what police are calling a politically motivated attack frank magnet's who leads the local branch of the
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alternative for germany party was set upon as he left the office of a local newspaper the a of d. release the graphic photo of magnus's injuries on social media. critics off magnets have condemned the attack. a severe winter storm hitting lebannon is adding to the misery of syrian refugees for many it's their fourth winter living in makeshift camps at least one hundred seventy thousands of the one million refugees registered with the u.n. are particularly vulnerable because they live in informal shelters zana hood has more from one of the camps in the bekaa valley but. the storm hit lebanon hard and it is not over syrian refugees are feeling the impact. their makeshift tents have been damaged because of the snow rain and strong winds plastic sheeting
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offers them a little protection of the bottom of the wind blew away the sheet walk and i say just look around you can we get you sheets we feel helpless. winter conditions are already bad in this region close to syria's border but storms make them even harder it was a difficult night for these people pools of sewage are posing health risks oh well . look at the reality can you believe that sewage water is everywhere up to this where is the international community where is the united nations. the waste water even reached inside what these people call their homes for many of these syrians this is their winter in exile the united nations says at least one hundred seventy thousand of the almost one million registered refugees live in makeshift shelters refugee cannot build better shelters no concrete construction is allowed
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in these informal camps the lebanese government does not permit the united nations or any other organization to set up permanent structures in these settlements. it's a policy here to discourage refugees to settle in lebanon permanently something kalisch doesn't want to do but for now he says he doesn't have an option oh look. i lost my home in syria we're living miserable lives here do you think. if it's another choice. it's a sentiment shared by many who are bracing themselves for what is expected to be even harsher conditions as temperatures continue to drop. jennifer because. of thirteen men have arrived in bangladesh after being deported from saudi arabia they're believed to be part of a bigger group who appeared in a video posted online from a detention center in jeddah they entered saudi arabia on us but overstayed to work
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the men have been protesting their return to bangladesh because they're actually from neighboring mean maher which views the revenger as illegal immigrants british prime minister to resign may has been holding another cabinet meeting as speculation grows about her government's next move on brics its all its missions are due to vote on the deal to leave the bloc next week the bracks secretary has denied reports that u.k. and e.u. officials are talking about laying bricks it if m.p.'s reject mase withdrawal agreements stephen barclay said the u.k. remains committed to leaving the block on march the twenty ninth the former chairman of car company has the cleared his innocence in court in tokyo saying he has been unfairly detained carlos ghosn is accused of underreporting his salary by millions of dollars he was fired by the border. but kept on by renault rob mcbride reports. this was goes first chance to publicly allegations
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against him. the presence of diplomats to hear it was evidence of the international nature of this case in court gone denied any financial wrongdoing saying he has always conducted business legally and fairly he said he dedicated the last twenty years of his life to the near san company he chaired until recently engineering its alliance with french automaker renault his lawyers argued his continued detention is grossly unfair. to the session of the court today was held in order to request the court to make the clear reason for detaining mr gone under the suspicion another the reason we made such requests for procedures to take place today as mr ganns defense team is we believe there is no reason for him to be detained and this case is attracted intense media interest given goans international stature the man
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who turned around the fortunes of renault and then did the same with their son it's made his fall from grace all the more dramatic. it remains to be seen what why during pak the case will have on carmakers in france and japan and if they'll be any diplomatic fallout between the two governments. the personal impact on gone is all too clear while the court considers the allegations he remains in detention robert bright al-jazeera tokyo of fierce attack rivals apple and samsung are teaming up to share content samsung smart t.v.'s will be able to access movies on apple's i tunes platform and users of apple devices will be able to stream their i tunes content on some sun t.v.'s partnership is a change in apple's strategy that kept content exclusively for users of its devices .
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the headlines on al-jazeera the turkish president has lashed out at mixed messages coming from the trumpet ministration about its plans to pull troops out of syria. says he never agreed not to target washington's kurdish allies which it regards as terrorists well he said i don't burn bolton has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this is also made a mistake it is not possible for us to make a compromise on this point those who are part of the terror corridor in syria will receive the necessary lesson there is no difference between the p.k. k. the y p g the p.y.t. and i saw we are determined to take steps against these terrorist organizations we will mobilize to neutralize them in syrian land very soon the u.s. secretary of state my pompei is beginning his middle east tour in jordan he's trying to reassure regional allies that withdrawing troops from syria won't jeopardize efforts to put pressure on iran. the battle continues our presence decision to withdraw our folks of syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver
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on that and you'll see the coming days and weeks we are redoubling not only our diplomatic but our commercial efforts to put real pressure on iran to achieve what it is we set out for them back in may and these are simple asks we ask of the islamic republic of iran to behave like a normal nation and the coalition is just as committed to it today as it was yesterday when the u.s. state department envoy to resolve the blockade of cats are anthony zinni has resigned his decision comes eighteen months after four nations saudi arabia the u.a.e. egypt and behind impose the land sea and air blockade on qatar there are protests in nigeria with many demanding a better minimum wage the federal government had agreed to do to a figure but some states say they can't afford to pay its. british prime minister to reason may has been holding another cabinet meeting a speculation grows about her government's next move on brics and politicians are
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due to vote on the deal to leave the bloc next week the bracks that secretary stephen barclay said the u.k. remains committed to leaving the block on march the twenty nine those are the headlines on al-jazeera inside story is coming up next then it's the news hour ah see you then bye bye . turkey's president criticizes the conflicting messages coming from the trump administration over its rounds to pull out troops from syria national security advisor john bolton has been seeking reassurance on this but turkey warns it game to compromise this is inside story the
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with. no and welcome to the program i'm fully back people many were caught off guard last month when u.s. president donald trump announced he would pull american troops out of syria immediately but since then his administration has sent conflicting messages about how and when that withdrawal will take place is national security advisor john bolton has been in turkey to seek protection for u.s. banks kurdish fighters in syria have been a major part of the battle against eisel but turkey sees them as terrorists and president. has warned he won't compromise on the kurdish issue will bring in our guests in just a moment but first here's more of what the president had to say. this. bolton has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this has also made
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a mistake it's not possible for us to make compromises those who are in halls of the terra corridor in syria who face the necessary lesson there is no single difference between the p.k. k y p g p d and i saw this same tone to spice reaching a clear understanding with mr trump different voices of started to emerge from different sections of the administration but chumps views on syria and his decision to withdraw remains of points of reference ordo on was addressing members of his ruling party there earlier in an opinion piece for the new york times his tone was more measured he praised donald trump's decision to pull troops out of syria but added that the united states withdrawal must be planned carefully and performed in cooperation with the right partners to protect the interests of the united states the international community and the syrian people turkey he said which as nato second largest standing army is the only country with the power and commitment to
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perform that task the first step is to create establish ation force only a diverse body can serve all syrian citizens and he adds in this sense i would like to point out that we have no argument with the syrian kurds his al jazeera is jamaal out child with more now from ankara. this by the public statements made by both the american side and the turkish side that bolton's discussions with president raja senior advisor abram callen here in ankara were productive it would seem in reality they weren't as productive as they would like people to believe prior to this much anticipated meeting it was announced that there would be a joint press conference held by both the turkish and the american side the eleventh hour that's press conference was cancelled when i asked the advisor to president of iran dr cullen why that was he said it was at the request of bolton who said that he needed to get back to washington quickly to deal with the border security issue the war with mexico in the standoff taking place in d.c.
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not necessarily the most convincing of arguments when you think of what's at stake here american military presence inside syria as well as the greater issue of what to do with syria moving forward now what is the main point of contention as far as the turks are concerned they want to continue what they say cleansing out of the eastern side of syria from what they describe as terrorist organizations have already had quite significant success in the push against i saw for example the. other surrounding areas from that's group however they say i saw as not only is not the only terrorist organization there or there is the y.p. gee that's the kurdish militia group affiliated with the p k k that's been attacking turkish turkish cities security forces police officers inside turkey for the best part of several decades the americans however do not consider the y p g a service they consider them as partners they've been funding them arming them in the fight against ice on that's why after president trump had initially said that there would be a full quick swift withdrawal of american troops from syria suddenly the pentagon
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and other security establishments in the u.s. said well hold on maybe that's not the wisest thing the turks say that they're not going to talk get a kurdish civilians that in fact in previous years and throughout history did actually welcome kurdish refugees they've cited for example already one did this in parliament earlier when they brought in kurdish refugees after supper. soon have used chemical weapons against them in northern iraq and what their fight is only against what they describe as terrorist organizations the americans because of obviously all the regional implications and impacts on the view that they need some sort of going to with regards to what turkey will do. for inside story. well let's bring in our guests now any thumble off man searched research director at the institute and a former advisor to turkish prime minister. in washington d.c. nicholas stand forth a fellow for the bipartisan policy center is national security program and here in
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doha we have marwan director of policy analysis at the absentia for research and policy studies thank you all for joining us on inside story on earth in istanbul if i can start with the turkish president criticizing the conflicting messages coming from the administration as far as its plan to withdraw u.s. troops from syria or one says preparations are almost done for an operation against what he called terrorist groups in syria will he proceed without coordinating with the americans will turkey go it alone. just put it during the press conference very clearly that you will. inform. the weather what we'll be doing but they want requested permission from the americans if turkey can do something but of course till the last moment. we'll be trying to seek to corp of jamaicans but only to put it very civilly clearly and border that the people id is
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a terrorist organization is a try at threat for it and it can proceed unilaterally but of course it would call donation and at least just notifying the americans what they will be doing there's a lot of frustration from the turks osman i seems to warsi united states and its plan to withdraw its troops from syria what precisely is turkey and is or the one looking for from the trump administration at this moment. the disappointments has to force one there is always some shaky and conflicting messages from washington d.c. ok first the president trump was telling that he is to be trolling the american troops immediately and then there are so conflicting messages the american troops should be stay there mr bolton was telling that you know speaking about weeks months maybe years and that's why the tookie first of all want to understand what really the american administration wants this is important this is creating
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a disappointment and secondly to americans are putting sunni and kurds but it is indeed not the sunni and kurds generally the don't put in new york times article as well in front of which is a nato ally which is so many strategy call a partnership with the americans and it is telling that giving the pro the perception that peabody is more important than the relation with anchor and this is creating a frustration nicholas dance for in washington d.c. osman after a very important question that what does the american administration want. well if people in turkey are frustrated by the incoherent and mixed messages coming from this administration people in washington are even more frustrated you see no end of lawmakers both the democratic and republican party not to mention other people in the city enormously frustrated with the way this decision has been managed and
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rolled out whether you think the united states should stay in syria or the united states should leave syria the incredibly chaotic irresponsible way that this decision has been handled is almost guaranteed to secure the worst possible outcome president ardo one nicholas has come out pretty strongly against john bolton who was visiting ankara on tuesday but reading his zero padding in the new york times it feels like he thinks he can still appeal directly to donald trump and bypass the rest of his administration officials like john bolton can he do that do you think you can get trump back on to his bait. well and this is what's so confusing i mean initially it seemed like he'd had a remarkable success in doing just that in bypassing u.s. administration officials who wanted a long term presence in syria in convincing president trump there the easiest solution would simply be to withdraw u.s. forces now part of the complication is that in order to convince trump of that
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aired on seems to have promised as he suggested in his op ed that turkey would be able to stabilize the region and would continue the fight against isis subsequently i suspect trump has been informed by many people in washington many people in his own administration and in the military that this will not be possible that turkey will not be able to live up to the promises that everyone made him how trump responds to this that remains a mystery right. let's bring into the conversation your thoughts on the developments in these last few hours john bolton had been seeking reassurances that turkey will not target the kurds wants us to explode out of northern syria. he was this is a doomed mission from the outset for john bolton absolutely i think the turks will not accept it because this is bellhops that major concern for the government that they want actually to get in syria in order to eliminate their
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why be because they're concerned that the wife. of the pickier which is considered by the thought of this organization this is the whole issue that is really concerned about in syria so when mr poston actually comes and say that we want to a key to protect the very enemy that is trying to destroy this is a very i mean it seems they seem to me the very strange argument about that so now the issue is in fact if the united states is really going to withdraw and this is something and this is a very big if i was as as you would. have just said just. we don't really know what the real policy of the administration they don't speak with one voice i mean so but if they decide actually to withdraw we need to nor in fact that to when and how and who's going to replace the united states because there is going to be a vacuum in syria if the united states withdraw and actually we don't know which
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party the united states would want to replace it with that. if if if the kid's going to replace it then can the united states get guarantees from turkey that there will not be trying to eliminate the if it's not a key iran and russia allow other parties because we hear now that the americans are trying actually to have some sort of arrangement right what that a placement of its forces in syria and that might include our military force we don't know if that is going to be possible a possibility actually within this within this context and i see you wanted to jump in there when. when my one thing about you know mr mr problems it's very in the legitimate question of what will happen to p. why do you force or sold it but we have offering our hand as a case he was controlling the region and turkish forces into the fight with
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p.g. and with the f.s.a. free syrian army and the local forces and now they left the region and then with. participation in local authorities about one million living there and that's why we have already a model how to govern this region if you forces just just withdrawn from there ok did not to leave a little i was talking about and i wasn't talking about the kurds i was talking about the militia. from the white b.g. because i was saying that they're actually considered as a terrorist organization so i haven't stood on the right because i'm contributing what you are telling but also a little just. let me ask you about a point the president made in the new york times opinion piece present are the one said that part of his try to g. would be to create a stabilization force that would include fighters from all parts of syrian society that would mean also the courage then in that case when it yes of course of course
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the kurds should be there as well just i may contribute to. done thoughts comments about the article in new york times the new york times articles targets from my point of view is the army can public mr president is trying to keep the american public in the game first just supporting trump a decision for the trouble second he is telling that we have the common enemy common thread which is isis which is important for the you know the you know the military the army can public and that's why you want to put the. actors to the game and secondly you don't have any problem with the syrian troops will define who is syrian codes in the region it's too important at this point if i just may remind our viewers of what the issue we're talking about is precisely the kurds of syria we've heard a lot about the kurds so let's take a closer look at this group they're the largest ethnic minority in syria making up between seven and ten percent of the population they control almost thirty percent
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of the country but mainly in the northeast and near the turkish border kurdish fighters have been integrity in the fight against i saw in twenty fifteen there were by a u.s. led coalition to fight the armed groups but turkey as we've heard sees them as a threat it has fought kurdish separatists for forty years and wants to prevent them forming an autonomy region on its border with syria while al jazeera simcoe has more on that now from that that in northern syria. we are a few hundred meters away from that close the member city which is under control of the syrian democratic forces that is dominated by the syrian kurds fighters why fiji and where we stand is actually like a buffer zone between the f.s.a. controlled area and the few idea controlled area it is just maybe fifty meters of this is and the u.s. military bases close to here the turkish military base is also very close to here
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it is at the same time where the tension is but also it is a safe place because the f.s.a. and the few i do try not to interfere to each other because the road behind me is the decayed to to the humanitarian aid transportation according to both sides but of course there is tension some of the our ops accuse the. kurdish fighters the war the wife e.g. for killing their families out there and on the other hand some of the kurds say that they are very afraid because turkey is planning a military offensive to the region but on the other hand there are some kurds who say that you idea why puji is not a group that could resemble that could represent their rights because they the white pigeon for you idea are so pressing their kurdish people in the areas that is under their control but of course as the political uncertain it's
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a continues the uncertainty in the field continues as well are as you heard there nicholas uncertainty on the ground as well in northern syria how vulnerable do you think the kurds will be warned for u.s. withdrawal if the u.s. what was to withdraw and can may come from support elsewhere from damascus or from moscow even. exactly in that you know as much as i think people on the ground the kurds on the ground were shocked by the speed and the suddenness of the u.s. announcement there was you know given the kurds previous experience with the united states a certain suspicion about the united states is a long term intentions and a certain recognition that eventually the united states would leave and because of that the why p.g. has stayed on good terms with the assad government and there was an expectation that if the united states were to leave they would prefer to have the assad government come back then to face a turkish invasion and so. given that the united states has said it's going to
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leave and i think given no no matter what the united states says because there is a sense that one way or another the united states is going to be taking off they're going to try to reach an agreement with the assad government with moscow's backing to make sure that while this is not their first choice it's still something they prefer to a turkish invasion and there. could well be what we see going forward my one couple on your thoughts if the united states leave who fills the void well it depends on how the united states will leave actually because if there is an agreement with turkey which is something that i believe now is not is not actually. something that we should expect to have soon given the failure of the bolt on visit to to ankara today so will we still need to see actually who is going to. take advantage of this disagreement between turkey and the united states now it seems to me that we are back to square one between two of the united states concerning the area but let's
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assume that the americans are withdrawing without an agreement with turkey that will put turkey in a very difficult position because of the russians the iranians and the syrian regime so i think these parties also are watching closely. the negotiations between the united states and turkey so if these negotiations fail to produce the desired. they will take advantage most probably of this confusion of this because we have seen as nicholas said that she is trying actually to bring in the syrian regime we have seen that in members last week when the invited the syrian regime forces forces to to enter the city so that will make in my opinion the scene even much more complicated and much more dangerous for everybody so we still need to see actually how the americans are going to handle this mess is tuition ok in istanbul marwan says we're back to square one your thoughts on this you think an agreement
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with turkey is still possible between the united states and turkey is possible can trump any i don't want come up with an agreement a new agreement a long term plan for the stabilization of syria. yes i truly believe that there is still some common ground between the americans and the turks because if regime comes to the region it means that iran will be dominating the region i don't think that washington and it especially if they did the previews they're already just. strategies on syria but the people started it was containing iran and if they let people i didn't get would regime it to mean that iran will be coming to the region and it will have the upper hand that's why i think still to t.n. americans will have a congress i want to do one more thing. you know i understand what nicholas have said regarding some coach concerns about the turkish penetration to the region but if you look at what the regime is doing over there with barrel bombs with chemical weapons and it is being called as the regime's control but when turkey is entering
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into the region it is bringing you know the hospitals and the social. services old then and it is being labeled as invasion i don't. articulate your response to that you know i don't look i mean i'm clearly not here to defend the assad regime and i think people in turkey should ask why it is that so many kurds living in syria would prefer the regime to return their turkish forces that seems like a damning indictment of turkey's behavior in how it's administered regions like afrin after it's taken them over yeah coming back to the issue of iran because it's interesting i mean key figures within the trumpet ministration including my compare the secretary of state and john bolton have argued that u.s. involvement in syria is not just aimed at defeating eisel but countering iran's influence that does donald trump nicholas he and i understand that message. again as i said is the big mystery i mean it did the united states had
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a strategy supposedly for containing iran in the region people like bolton were saying that the us presence in syria was going to be a centerpiece of that strategy many of us didn't entirely understand how that was going to work how two thousand u.s. forces in syria were going to singlehandedly contain iran but we're even more confused how would the united states withdrawing from syria we're going to continue to contain iran i do think you see a split now in the u.s. government between people who think they're at turkey taking over the region would be better than assad taking over the region to contain iran but you also see people who think that if the united states is going to leave and the white b.g. wants assad back that is what we should do. here in doha they're trying to find a solution of course for one part of syria right now that takes in the americans but what about the rest of syria the conflicts in the rest of syria exactly i mean the question of that with all of the absence of the or the presence of the u.s. forces in syria is not only about isis it's not only about iran although i mean
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these two key factors are very important for for u.s. policy and u.s. thought that he and the region but it's also about finding a political solution to the conflict in syria and a son the former secretary of state he put to what most people actually believe as the most comprehensive clear us syria policy. last year in january last year during his famous speech before the hoover institution in stanford university when he when he actually identified the key objectives of u.s. policy actually in syria and why the united states should actually stay in syria with its military presence number one is but a venting. from coming back number two is but eventing iran from having a land door from iraq through syria to lebanon i eat continuing iranian influence in the region and number three. he's using the u.s. military presence in syria as
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a bargaining chip in order to force that easy him to accept the sort of political solution that would end the eight years conflict now in syria right with the withdrawal of the u.s. forces now with the decision of the withdrawal of u.s. forces now we really have key. questions about whether the united states is really about any of these objectives usman i'll give you the last word in istanbul the conflict in the rest of syria is undecided of course in terms of the political outcome obviously militarily the assad regime has the momentum right now how do you see the situation evolving and what role for turkey in this post conflict syria. generally discussion is just rolling around who have lost in syria it is obvious nobody won in syria neither of the assad regime neither you know nor directions nor the run ins even to an extent nor do talks exactly because a source is a tilde a serious thing as there are serious losses it's only the syrians who are lost in
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suggests exactly or right exactly or right exactly syrians lost their they are you know did very very sad thing and everybody is sitting and talking about the future of syria results syrians this is this is so sad about it so pity for the syrians but for the future the american administrations be troubled decision is making the shoe much more complex big before before this decision. rather to live there will be a stable situation assad was just secure the region securities on consumers and russia world where iran was that the american was sitting there and that there may be a solution but allow a new you know also need money starting right now also lucian in the media future thank you very much for a very interesting discussion gentlemen. nicholas danforth and marwan thank you all and thank you for watching this edition of inside story you can always watch a program again any time on our website at al-jazeera dot com for further discussion go to our facebook page at facebook dot com for slash ha inside story
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you're watching the news hour live from the headquarters in doha i'm dating up again coming up in the next sixty minutes turkey's president criticizes what he sees us conflicting messages from a trumpet ministration over its plan to withdraw troops from syria. anthony zinni the u.s. envoy tasked with resolving the blockade of qatar by its neighbors resigns. north korea's leader. heads back to beijing ahead of a possible second summit with donald trump. fearing deportation to me and maher dozens are for him to refugees flee india for bangladesh. and be the same with all the baseballs including the egyptian excitement hosting africa's biggest football tournament. but as official celebrate there are questions about how the country will handle the twenty four team events.
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hello the trumpet ministrations top diplomat and national security advisor on a mission to reassure anxious allies about its plans to pull out troops from syria but john bolton's condition that turkey should not target kurdish armed groups in syria has been rejected by the turkish president but has slammed what he calls mixed messages from washington. has more from ankara. over two weeks ago u.s. president donald trump announced on twitter that withdrawing american troops from syria on tuesday his national security adviser john bolton arrived in ankara for meetings with senior turkish officials about how and when that withdrawal will take place a day earlier bolton was in israel meeting prime minister benjamin netanyahu where he assured him that the withdrawal would not impact negatively on kurdish groups inside syria to that turkish president's had this to say he said i bolten has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this is also made
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a mistake it is not possible for us to make a compromise on this point those who are part of the terror corridor in syria will receive the necessary lesson there is no difference between the p.k. k. the y.p. ji the p.y.t. and i saw we are determined to take steps against these terrorist organizations we will mobilize to neutralize them in syria land very soon as far as turkey is concerned the why p.j. . a kurdish militia inside syria is an extension of the p.k. k. which ankara considers a terrorist group for its attacks inside turkey and the killing of its citizens the us however has armed and funded the y.p. jian recent years under the pretext of fighting eisel critics of the withdrawal saying washington would look bad if it were seen to be abandoning its partners but turkey points to the fact that it is a nato member and a u.s. ally and insists america must decide whether it wants to stand by its allies or side with a terrorist organization more than two years of turkish military intervention
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inside syria has resulted in huge setbacks for i saw which is lost territory to the turks and their syrian rebel allies. and other areas. but turkey says the fight against terrorism should not be exclusive to combating i saw include all groups regardless of their ethnicity or religion. mr syrian they must be cleared of all terrorists including the border area regardless of what kind of terrorist they are and the people who live in syria are godless of the ethnic origins must be protected and made safe from terrorist persecution and attacks. john bolton's team described tuesday's meetings as constructive however the reality is that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before a deal can be reached the fact that a planned joint press conference was cancelled in the eleventh hour is testament to the this agreements that remain but before a deal can be reached between the united states and turkey it would seem that the
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american government needs to agree amongst the self about what to do in syria. well the u.s. secretary of state has reassured regional allies that we're drawing troops in syria won't jeopardize efforts to put pressure on iran on peo isn't jordan's capital on the first day middle east tour. that was to start the president to say to withdraw folks are serious in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that you'll see the coming days and weeks we are redoubling not only are diplomatic but our commercial efforts for real pressure on iran to achieve what it is we set out for them back in may these are simple acts we ask of the public of iraq to behave like a global nation and the coalition is just as committed to it today as it was yesterday stephanie decker has more from amman. so the message from the u.s.
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secretary of state might pump aoe is clear that the withdrawal of u.s. troops from syria will not hinder its fight against eisel and it will also not affect its fight to lessen to contain iran influence in the region there is a press conference between the secular state is your damian counterpart touching on the issue of syria that both sides want to see a political solution to it was in touching on the issue of iran and also briefly mentioning the israel palestinian conflict and certainly the jordanian saying that they saw this as a key issue that needed to be resolved when it came to conflict in the middle east now where the sect of state will be heading on to egypt where he's expected to give a keynote speech interestingly that will come ten years to the time when the former president barack obama gave his middle eastern speech also a development on the same day that the section of state was here in jordan that the former general anthony zinni who was tossed with trying to deal find
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a solution to the blockade the gulf blockade resigned saying that he was having difficulties in getting all sides getting the leaders of the countries to allow to any form of mediation so this is the context on which pump air now embarks forward but the message from the americans is that despite this pullout in syria they remain steadfast ally and they will remain very much present in the region. well let's get more now on the resignation of the u.s. envoy costs with ending the diplomatic dispute between qatar and its neighbors rosin jordan following the story for us out of washington d.c. what more is he saying about his reasons behind his resignation general zinni told a u.s. television network that part of his mission was to try to set up a nato like defense alliance among countries in the gulf and that now that that process has been a launched to try to make that happen others in the administration are going to
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take over his role but the key point that general zinni made in this interview with the u.s. network was that as far as he could tell the parties in the dispute surrounding the blockade of qatar don't want to be engaged in any sort of mediation to have any sort of constructive discussion and so essentially he questioned why was he needed he underscored that this had nothing to do with any possible disputes with others in the trial but ministration in fact he went out of his way in the interview to say that he had received nothing but support and collaboration from officials at the white house on the national security council and certainly that he had support of his colleagues at the state department so essentially daryn what anthony zinni is saying is that a list the parties in the dispute that have divided the g.c.c. for nearly two years actually want to come up with the solution he doesn't see why he should be spending any time trying to get them to talk to each other all right
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got it rosalyn jordan reporter from washington thank you. political analyst he's joining us here in the studio first on general zinni is resignation is there said is there something to be said about the timing of this resignation as the secretary of state is in the region absolutely i mean. the fact that he quit and the day that the secretary of state started his visit mega visit to so many gulf countries says something about. about why he quit now i take what rosen is saying that he said such and such but and the let it be speaking we all knew from the very beginning there's a major crisis in the gulf region the question is when the united states intervenes in order to solve the differences among countries it starts with the assumption that the gulf countries are in disagreement in dispute major disputes in notional disputes political disputes and so on so forth the question is did general zini get
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enough support enough leverage from the american president himself in order to resolve this question or not because without trump bush will rule to resolve this conflict we all knew from the beginning that this is not going to go anywhere because each one of those leaders in the gulf need american guarantees that once they get out of their comfort zones in order to reach to the others they need the united states to be there in order to help them there's all this conflict the second thing is while general zinni is in the region try to resolve this issue he understands also that there are no american ambassadors neither in qatar nor in the u.a.e. or in saudi arabia so there isn't that kind of local diplomatic support regional diplomatic support by u.s. envoys in order to help him complete his job so the timing is important he might say it's not a slap to the trumpet mr asian but everything about it says it is about what does this then tell you about the u.s.
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plans going forward on trying to resolve this dispute well look i mean we've heard earlier or last week from state department official not on the record that maybe invites would be issued to leaders of the region to attend some kind of a summit with trump but we've heard that over the last eighteen months there's nothing new there we're. no of the summit will take place we were promised the summit several times just like we were promised the deal of the century several times but it just somehow keeps getting postponed so certainly there is a goethe in the gulf where there's a gulf between gulf leaders in terms of their political differences yet i would say the following it is an opportune time in the gulf because of so deep blunders so with the iraqi blunders in yemen and so would you blunders the way they dealt with the murder so i think there's a bit of leverage now for the american mission to come in and say look folks it's time now to come together especially in light also of the fact that qatar and the
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united states are involved in strategic coordination cooperation consultation and in fact we're going to have on the thirteenth a qatari american coordination of the annual coordination meeting between secretary powell and the qatari foreign minister so they're the ducks are lined up if you will is there american leverage is that american will to see this through that's the question what about the american well when it comes to sort of be the politics of the region because what we see now is the trumpet minutes to trump perhaps and softens the spots two men might bump a zero and and bolton it to this region what do you see their main missions are right now and are they going to achieve them i think in terms of. their national security adviser john bolton his mission is damage control because trump president from said one thing then his lieutenant says another thing and whatever he said in
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the beginning might of. might have sounded very good. and even the new york times piece yes they say praising the present time for his decision to would.


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