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World Trump calls Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria ‘a bad idea’ as Republican criticism mounts

00:00  10 october  2019
00:00  10 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Turkey launches airstrike after US confirms withdrawal

  Turkey launches airstrike after US confirms withdrawal Fears a US withdrawal from Syria will leave Kurdish fighters exposed to Turkish invasion have materialised amid reports of an airstrike by Ankara. Turkish combat aircraft carried out an airstrike against a Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) military base in Syria's Hasakah province, local media reports. It came after US President Donald Trump defended a decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, saying it was too costly to keep supporting US allied, Kurdish-led forces in the region fighting Islamic State militants.https://twitter.

Calling the offensive “ a bad idea ,” the president said in a statement that Turkey had promised to avert a The president’ s remarks came as Republicans in Congress continued to warn that the Turkish assault “A Turkish military advance into Syria threatens to halt momentum against ISIS, directly

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday called a Turkish military operation along the border with Syria “ a bad idea ” but reiterated his opposition to “endless, senseless wars,” even as leading Republicans expressed outrage and said the Turkish offensive could inflict lasting damage

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President Trump urged Turkey on Wednesday to protect civilians and safeguard Islamic State prisons as it launched a military operation in northern Syria against Syrian Kurdish forces, saying the United States would hold its NATO ally responsible for the consequences of its decision to attack a key U.S. counterterrorism partner.

Calling the offensive “a bad idea,” the president said in a statement that Turkey had promised to avert a humanitarian crisis and ensure its operation did not allow the Islamic State to regain strength.

Turkey dismisses US threats, amasses troops on Syrian border

  Turkey dismisses US threats, amasses troops on Syrian border Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning. Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday called a Turkish military operation along the border with Syria “ a bad idea ” but reiterated his opposition to “endless, senseless wars,” even as leading Republicans expressed outrage and said the Turkish offensive could inflict lasting damage

Donald Trump says he "does not endorse" Turkey ' s military offensive in Syria , which he made possible in part by pulling American forces from the region. The decision by Mr Trump has been met with widespread criticism in Washington, even among staunch supporters of the president like

“We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments,” Trump said.

The president also linked his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from the area now being targeted by Turkey — a move widely criticized as enabling the Turkish attack — to his goal of ending the insurgent wars that have dominated the U.S. military’s focus for two decades.

“From the first day I entered the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless wars — especially those that don’t benefit the United States,” he said.”

Earlier in the day, Trump noted on Twitter that U.S. forces “should never have been there in the first place.”

The president’s remarks came as Republicans in Congress continued to warn that the Turkish assault was a threat to U.S. policy interests.

Pentagon won’t take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say

  Pentagon won’t take over Islamic State prisons if U.S.-allied Kurdish forces withdraw, officials say The U.S. military does not have the forces or mandate to guard militant prisons in Syria if a Turkish offensive creates a security gap, they said.Kurdish officials said that guards were still in place at the more than 20 prisons and camps under their control but were prepared to move, raising the possibility that about 11,000 militants and their families could escape.

On Wednesday, Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria . contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities; contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as

American Special Forces soldiers in February in northern Syria . The Trump administration’ s national security policy calls for challenging both countries, which are the chief benefactors of While Mr. Trump has long cast American military involvement in Syria as narrowly focused on defeating the

“A Turkish military advance into Syria threatens to halt momentum against ISIS, directly assaults our SDF partners, and could give the likes of al-Qaeda and Iran new footholds in the region,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted. He called on Turkey to “stop immediately and continue to work with the US to secure the region.”

ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State. The SDF refers to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-dominated fighters who have been the principal U.S. allies on the ground against the militants.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this week.© Leah Millis/Reuters President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this week. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a close Trump ally, noted that “It’ll be hard to protect America without allies over there, and the Kurds have been good allies.” The Turks were not entering Syria to fight the Islamic State, Graham said on Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning. “They’re going in to kill the Kurds.”

Turkey threatens to send millions of Syrian refugees to EU

  Turkey threatens to send millions of Syrian refugees to EU The Turkish president has threatened to "open the gates" and let Syrian refugees flood into Europe, if the EU condemns his regime's advance into Syria as an "invasion".Turkey has stepped up its ground and air offensive against Kurdish militia in northern Syria, forcing thousands to flee.

Trump ' s decision to withdraw US troops from the border has been widely criticized in Washington as a betrayal of its Kurdish allies in northern Syria "The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea ," Trump said after the assault began.

Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria , which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish-led forces allied to the United States. The move was announced by Turkey ' s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey wants to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish militias which will

Speaking of Trump, Graham said, “I hope he’s right. I don’t think so. I know that every military person has told him don’t do this.”

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said the withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria was having “sickening and predictable consequences.”

“The U.S. is abandoning our ally the Kurds, who fought ISIS on the ground and helped protect the U.S. homeland,” she said in a statement. “This decision aids America’s adversaries, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and paves the way for a resurgence of ISIS.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. military was closely monitoring the events. One U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly, said the Pentagon was tracking Turkish airstrikes in the region, including some that appeared to hit populated areas.

The official said the SDF had reduced its presence at prisons in Syria where thousands of Islamic State fighters are being held and at other camps for displaced people that it controls.

Later in the day, an official said all operations focused on the Islamic State in Syria had been halted at this time.

Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms

  Turkey Urges Kurdish Fighters to Lay Down Their Arms President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday called for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on Wednesday called for Kurdish fighters battling his troops in northeastern Syria to lay down their weapons and withdraw from the border area “this very night.

After Turkey announced a long-expected offensive in northeastern Syria on Wednesday — a move which appeared to be targeting the Kurds, also as expected — Trump released a statement calling the move “ a bad idea .” But the statement made no mention of Turkey targeting the Kurds or even a

Ankara says military will cross border ‘shortly’, and claims US president gave green light, contradicting US denials.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Turkey, a NATO member, had informed the alliance about its “ongoing operation in Northern Syria.”

“I count on Turkey to act with restraint & ensure that the gains we have made in the fight against ISIS are not jeopardized,” Stoltenberg said on Twitter. “I will discuss this issue with [Turkish] President Erdogan Friday.”

U.S. officials said Turkish defence officials had also notified a U.S. general based in Ankara as Washington’s military attache early Wednesday that Turkey’s operation in Syria would begin within a few hours. Turkish forces began pressing forward not long afterward.

The situation raises questions for U.S. troops in both Syria and Turkey.

The U.S. military established a combined joint operations centre in Ankara several weeks ago to coordinate with Turkish forces on patrols in a “security mechanism” buffer zone in Syria along the border with Turkey. With Turkey turning away from that agreement, however, the U.S. troops at the centre may be called on to instead monitor the Turkish operation and make sure U.S. troops stay out of harm’s way, the U.S. officials said.

In a sign of Washington’s disapproval, Turkish forces were removed from planned flights by the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Syria, officials said. Turkish access to some intelligence and surveillance information also has been curtailed.

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