>> Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan is strongly rejecting the White House's demand to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria as it prepares to withdraw US forces. The Kurdish YPG were a backbone of American efforts there, but also a group that Turkey views as terrorists. And, John Bolton, the White House Security Advisor in Ankara Tuesday, said that not only would the Kurds need protection, but that Turkey would also need to coordinate any military action with the US.
Turkey said no to both those conditions. Reuters Turkey Bureau Chief, Dominic Evans.>> We understood from a Turkish official that, John Bolton had requested a meeting with Erdogan, but the Turkish President has stressed his own relationship with US President Trump. He says they have a very clear understanding, those two men, about the future of Syria but, he has said that other US administration officials are muddying the waters.
>> Trump said last month he was bringing home the some 2,000 US troops in Syria. The President said Turkey would take over the final stages of the military campaign. The tricky part is that Erdogan says Turkey will confront Washington's ally, the YPG, in the same way that it will take on Islamic State.
>> It's clear from what Trump said from last month that he wants to hand over the fight against Islamic State to Turkey. If these two countries cannot agree on a strategy and a plan moving forward for coordination of the US pullout and the Turkish gradual move into Syria to take over that role, then Trump's plan at the moment can not proceed.
>> While Bolton may have said the pullout depended on certain conditions, Turkey says there'll be no slow down in the US withdrawal. Ankara is now focused on what would happen to American bases and the weapons given to Kurdish fighters. It appears if they want Turkey's help, they'll have to turn their back on their closest Syrian ally.