As Trump Praises Himself On Syria, Videos Emerge Of War Crimes Against The Kurds
The U.S. envoy to Syria told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that there is evidence of war crimes being committed in northern Syria during the Turkish assault on American-allied Kurds.
As President Donald Trump congratulated himself on a supposed victory in the region, video was emerging on social media appearing to document the atrocities, Business Insider reported.
"We've seen several incidents which we consider war crimes," Jim Jeffrey, Trump's special representative to Syria, told the committee.
Turkish officials have denied allegations of war crimes, calling reports on such incidents a “smear campaign,” but Business Insider said it reviewed multiple videos this week that “appear to show Turkish-backed Syrian rebels committing atrocities, posing with victims, and boasting of their kills.”
In one video, men appearing to be Turkish-backed Syrian rebels “taunt a man in civilian dress and then drag him by the neck to be executed as onlookers laugh.”
Jeffrey told the committee that claims of burning white phosphorus being used by the rebels is currently under U.S. investigation. The substance, while legal to use in warfare, is illegal to use against civilians. The United Nations is also looking into the allegations “after apparent chemical burns were seen on a child caught in clashes between forces,” Business Insider noted.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had seen evidence of war crimes committed in Syria, saying, "I think those responsible should be held accountable. In many cases, it would be the government of Turkey.”
In announcing the permanent cease-fire agreed to by Turkey on Wednesday, Trump said “the pain and suffering of the three-day fight that occurred” was necessary to achieve a solution.