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Weekend Reads US troops bombed their own anti-ISIS headquarters as Turkey-backed fighters closed in during Trump's hasty retreat

05:15  17 october  2019
05:15  17 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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US troops bombed their own anti - ISIS headquarters as Turkey - backed fighters closed in during Trump ' s hasty retreat . As the Turkish - back fighters moved closer, US troops attempted to repel them, using F-15s and Apache helicopters as a show of force to warn them away while US troops

Donald Trump has hailed his decision to withdraw US troops in Syria, paving However, US efforts to restore some leverage in the region in the wake of the hasty retreat of its Those sanctions have been criticised as toothless by members of Congress, who are preparing their own sanctions package.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a mountain © Staff Sgt. Keifer Bowes/US Air Force

The US military destroyed its own anti-ISIS headquarters in Syria, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, to prevent them from falling into the hands of fighters backed by Turkey.

According to WSJ, Turkish-backed troops advanced on the facility, which had been used to equip and train SDF fighters against ISIS, on Tuesday, leading US officials to quickly withdraw US troops and destroy the base on Wednesday.

As the Turkish-back fighters moved closer, US troops attempted to repel them, using F-15s and Apache helicopters as a show of force to warn them away while US troops were still there. But, according to The Wall Street Journal, the airpower failed to dissuade the Turkish-backed forces; SDF fighters fled and set fire to their part of the base, and US troops left before US assets destroyed the base.

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A major US base in northern Syria was destroyed by an air strike after the troops pulled out, likely to prevent more embarrassing videos of the abandoned US -allied Kurdish militias that have controlled the area since liberating it from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS ) terrorists had previously refused to

Last year Trump slapped sanctions on two Turkish officials and raised steel and aluminum tariffs on the The Turkish president probably anticipated U . S . sanctions, Soner Cagaptay, a Turkey scholar at The Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pledging their own reprisal, with House Speaker

Insider reached out to the US operation in Syria to request more information about what assets were used to destroy the base, but did not receive a response by press time. It is also unclear what was being held in the base, although The Wall Street Journal noted that it had previously been used to store light arms and ammunition for the SDF.

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COMMENTARY: Canada is complicit in the shameful betrayal of the Kurds

  COMMENTARY: Canada is complicit in the shameful betrayal of the Kurds As much as we should condemn Trump for his craven abandonment of the Kurds, we should also look at why Canada hasn’t been doing more, says Rob Breakenridge.After all the sacrifices that Kurdish forces have made in taking the fight to ISIS and bringing about the end of the so-called caliphate, for the American president to throw them under the bus and subject them to this Turkish onslaught is beyond shameful.

President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on Turkey on Monday and demanded the NATO ally Russia- backed Syrian forces on Monday took rapid advantage of the abrupt U . S . retreat in Syria to Trump said U . S . troops would remain at a small garrison at Tanf in southern Syria “to continue to

But Donald Trump hit back at these claims on Sunday, saying the ISIS brides flee the Ain Issa camp in Raqqa as Turkey launches a fresh wave of attacksCredit: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkish attacks on Kurds in Syria began after President Trump ' s opted to remove US troops from

Last Friday, Turkish forces fired at an American position in Syria; while no casualties were sustained it came after reassurances from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley that Turkey knew where US troops were stationed. An officer familiar with the situation told The Washington Post that the incident was likely not accidental, as Turkish forces were aware of the US position, and had been for months.

"#Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast #Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah," Col. Miles. B. Caggins, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition to defeat ISIS, tweeted Wednesday, referring to the base, the LaFarge Cement Factory, on which US forces carried out strikes.

Read more: Trump's sanctions against Turkey won't do anything to stop its invasion of Syria - and they might even add fuel to the fire

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are on their way to Ankara to try and broker a ceasefire. The two officials are set to meet with Erdogan on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

The US has already imposed sanctions on Turkey due to its incursion in what was Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, but pressing pause on a $100 billion trade deal between the two NATO allies and re-imposing a 50% tariff on Turkish steel exports has not deterred Erdogan. Pence and Pompeo, along with the State Department's special envoy for Syrian affairs James Jeffrey and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, are expected to threaten harsher sanctions should Erdogan refuse a ceasefire.

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As US President Donald Trump hailed the agreement his administration negotiated with the Turks for northern Syria as "a great day for civilization," the Turks quickly dumped cold water over the White House's euphoria, refusing to even call the deal a ceasefire. Only a few hours later, airstrikes and artillery fire could be felt in northern Syria as the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces accused Ankara and its proxies of severe ceasefire violations. The mood both in Washington and in the Middle East is that the ceasefire is not the real deal.

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