Trump Throws America’s Kurdish Allies Under The Bus To Appease Turkey’s Dictator
The White House announced on Sunday night that U.S. forces in Syria have begun exiting the are near the northern border with Turkey as Turkish forces prepare for an incursion into the region, according to NBC News.
In its statement, the White House said Turkey would "soon be moving forward" with a “long-planned operation” in northern Syria and that the U.S. would play no role in the situation.
Critics of the move say allowing Turkey such access to the region will put Kurdish forces — which have aided the U.S. in the fight against ISIS — at grave risk.
According to a Trump administration official who spoke with NBC News, “American forces have currently cut all ties and coordination with the Turkish military, so they don’t expect any advanced warning from Turkey as to when or how this operation will begin.”
Trump tweeted in defense of his decision on Monday morning, writing, "The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.
"They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for almost three years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home."
"We will fight where it is to our benefit, and only fight to win," the president said.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, were shocked to hear of Trump’s decision, calling it a “huge mistake.”
"We at the SDF believe that everything we achieved in the last five years, and all the sacrifices we made to defeat ISIS will all be destroyed with the latest American decision," Mustafa Bali, the official SDF spokesperson, told NBC News.
"It seems that the policy of the United States is to betray their friends and allies,” he added.
In response to the White House’s decision to stand aside as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invades northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights warned of "millions of Syrians who could become refugees if Turkey carries out its threats of war."
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has become one of the president’s most ardent supporters, also criticized the move.
"If press reports are accurate this is a disaster in the making," he said. Graham also warned that ISIS would make a comeback in the face of this decision, which he predicted would become "a stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds."