The U.S. Has Left 5-Dozen “High Value” ISIS Detainees In Northern Syria

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Andrew Wagner

The United States failed to remove at least 60 “High Value” ISIS Detainees In Northern Syria during a Turkish invasion

The United States failed to remove at least 60 “High Value” ISIS Detainees In Northern Syria during a Turkish invasion, according to the New York Times. Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. announced an agreement with Syria’s Bashar Al Assad, an enemy of the U.S to combat the Turkish invasion.

The deal was announced Sunday evening after hundreds of women and children linked to the Islamic State from a detention camp. The Turkish forces had seized a key road and resulted in the failed transport of 60 "high value" ISIS detainees out of the country.

For five years, United States policy collaborated with Kurdish-led forces, in the attempt to combat the Islamic State and to limit the influence of Iran and Russia, who both support the Syrian government. On Sunday, the American influence in the country was gone and President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian supporters launched a Turkish invasion.

To combat the Turkish invasion, the Kurds made the deal with Damascus, the capital of Syria, allowing their government forces to return to the country's northeast. The Turkish invasion was ordered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and aimed at uprooting the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led militia that has been a key partner in the fight against the Islamic State.

Turkey sees the Syrian Democratic Forces as a threat because it has ties to a Kurdish separatist movement that the country has battled for decades. Kurdish fighters later accused the United States of betrayal for leaving them as Turkey's invasion ended a fragile peace in northeastern Syria and risks the resurgence of the Islamic State in the region.

President Trump stated this his decision to pull United States troops out of the region prior to the Turkish invasion was part of his effort to remove the U.S. from "endless wars" in the Middle East and elsewhere. Furthermore, the concept of imposing powerful sanctions on Turkey was promised by the president.

Kurdish forces are now in direct military conflict with the Turkish forces at the northeastern border of Syria since the U.S. military moved out of the area.

Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S. in Syria announced an agreement with Damascus, a sworn enemy of the U.S.

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