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World Under attack from allies, Trump says Kurds never helped US in WWII

06:10  10 october  2019
06:10  10 october  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

  US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants. WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants.

The Trump administration on Sunday abruptly announced the US was withdrawing troops stationed in northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish operation. On Wednesday, when asked by reporters whether he felt the Syria retreat and treatment of the Kurds sent a poor message to other US allies , Trump said

Trump defends his Syria move, says Kurds ‘didn’t help us with Normandy’. Asked about his decision, which left America’s Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS to defend themselves from a Turkish military incursion without backup, Trump criticized the Kurds after earlier calling Turkey’s

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US President Donald Trump has called Turkey's invasion of northern Syria a "bad idea", while distancing himself from the Kurds because they did not help the US in World War II - specifically the invasion of Normandy.

Trump's reaction was far milder than that of senior Republicans in Washington, who blasted the Turkish incursion and redoubled their attacks on the President for withdrawing US troops from the region.

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The US secretary of state defends President Trump as Turkey launches an offensive in northern Syria. The Kurds - who helped defeat the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and were key US allies in that fight - guard thousands of IS fighters and their relatives in prisons and camps in areas under their

US president Donald Trump defends his decision to withdraw support for Kurdish allies in Syria by saying they did not help the US during the second world war .

The unusual level of criticism from Trump's political allies comes as he faces an impeachment battle with Democrats in Congress and new polls showing a majority of Americans now support his removal from office.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump announced earlier in the week that US troops would withdraw from northern Syria. © AP US President Donald Trump announced earlier in the week that US troops would withdraw from northern Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the military action on Twitter on Wednesday local time (Thursday AEDT), saying the aim was to eliminate a "terror corridor" on his country's southern border.

"The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," Trump said in a statement shortly afterwards.

"There are no American soldiers in the area.

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He ordered us more food than we could possibly finish and spoke with optimism about a business he was Unlike our NATO ally Turkey, the Kurds have proven themselves loyal. Loyalty is central to Treating our allies unfairly has never served our interests well over time. Thirty years ago it seemed

President said he learned Kurds didn’t help from a ‘powerful article’ as Turkey on Wednesday launched an offensive into north-eastern Syria.

"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."

Trump said that Turkey had committed to protecting civilians and would ensure that Islamic State fighters in the region remained in prison.

Lindsey Graham et al. posing for the camera: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is usually a loyal defender of the President. © AP Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is usually a loyal defender of the President.

He announced earlier in the week that US troops would withdraw from the region, an announcement that stunned the Washington foreign policy community.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said: "The Kurds are fighting for their land.

"And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy, as an example.

"They mentioned names of different battles. But they’re there to help us with their land and that's a different thing."

Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria

  Trump says US secured 'most dangerous' IS fighters in Syria US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that particularly dangerous Islamic State group fighters held by the Kurds in northeast Syria had been removed to US custody ahead of a Turkish attack Wednesday. "We are taking some of the most dangerous ISIS fighters out and we're putting them in different locations where it's secure," Trump said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group. "We have taken a certain number of ISIS fighters who are particularly bad and we've wanted to make sure nothing happened to them with respect to getting out," he said.

The US says it is stepping aside for an imminent Turkish operation against Kurdish -led forces within Syria that have until now been a key US ally . This represents a significant shift in US policy - President Trump acting against the advice of many in the Pentagon and state department.

The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation Trump may yet be convinced to take a harder line against Turkey going after the Kurds , but his lack “The U . S . is abandoning our ally the Kurds , who fought ISIS on the ground and helped protect the

Trump appeared to be referring to an article in the Town Hall website by conservative writer Kurt Schlichter that included a reference to the Kurds and Normandy.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, usually a vociferous defender of the President, said the Turkish invasion was a "disaster in the making".

"Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration," he wrote on Twitter.

"This move ensures the re-emergence of ISIS."

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, said in a statement that Trump's decision would have "sickening and predictable consequences".

"The US is abandoning our ally the Kurds, who fought ISIS on the ground and helped protect the US homeland," she said.

"This action imperils American security and that of our allies.

"Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision."

A new poll by Fox News showed that 51 percent of respondents want Trump impeached and removed from office - a record high.

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Syrian Kurds outgunned but vow to inflict toll on Turkish army

  Syrian Kurds outgunned but vow to inflict toll on Turkish army Syrian Kurds outgunned but vow to inflict toll on Turkish armyKurdish fighters who defeated Islamic State across much of Syria with US help will struggle to fend off the Turkish army and its Syrian rebel allies who thrust across the border on Wednesday in a long-threatened offensive.

The United States betrayed the Kurds after the first gulf war when we kowtowed to Saddam Hussein and permitted him to crush a Kurdish uprising, leading to the slaughter of The Kurds are a secular, democratic force in a region where both are scarce qualities. They were with us in the invasion of Iraq.

They died with us ,” Trump said in a hotel ballroom in New York City, crowded with reporters. “ We have not forgotten.” None of that panned out. The move paved the way for Turkey to attack the Kurdish forces it considers terrorists. On Wednesday, Ankara launched airstrikes and fired artillery into Syria


Erdogan vows to 'crush the heads' of Kurds if they don't withdraw; both sides trade blame for violating cease-fire .
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday promised to "crush the heads" of the Kurds in Syria if they don't fall back from the border's safe zone, according to reports. The threat comes as both Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim the other is violating terms of a 120-hour cease-fire brokered by Turkey and the U.S. on Thursday.Violence continued in northeast Syria despite the five-day peace agreement, a source told Fox News.

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