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US News Turkey's Syria invasion: Member of US Special Forces says, 'I am ashamed for the first time in my career'

12:51  10 october  2019
12:51  10 october  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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“ I am ashamed for the first time in my career ,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple The Special Forces member said the Kurds have not left their positions guarding detainees. In fact, “they prevented a prison break last night without us

I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is serving alongside the SDF Kurdish forces . It was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever taken. " I am ashamed for the first time in my career .".

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A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria told Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on Wednesday they were witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines.

“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents. The service member, whom Griffin described as "hardened," is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria.

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a car driving on a cloudy day: Kurdish stronghold on Syrian border targeted; Trey Yingst reports. © FoxNews.com Kurdish stronghold on Syrian border targeted; Trey Yingst reports. “Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” this military source on the ground told Griffin. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks -- none -- from this side of the border."

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President Trump said the U.S. would pull its troops from northeast Syria on Sunday, a move considered a blow to the U.S.-backed Kurds by many analysts and political observers. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later announced a military operation in the region that he said was to "neutralize terror threats" and establish a "safe zone."

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I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in It was one of the hardest phone calls I have ever taken. " I am ashamed for the first time in my He is on the frontlines tonight and said they are witnessing Turkish atrocities. " Turkey is not doing what it

“ I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is “ I am ashamed for the first time in my career ,” the soldier told her. She also said that it was one of the hardest phone calls she' s ever taken. " I am ashamed for the first time in my

At least seven civilians have been killed in strikes in northeastern Syria since the assault began on Wednesday, according to activists and a war monitor. Turkey later announced that its ground forces had invaded the region to fight the Kurds.

“This is insanity,” the concerned U.S. service member said. "I don’t know what they call atrocities, but they are happening.”

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Griffin called it one of the hardest phone calls she has ever taken.

U.S. military officials told Fox News the president ordered the military not to get involved in the Turkish strikes, after the Kurds requested air support.

Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria are guarding thousands of captured Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, now without the help of the U.S. in the area.

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The Special Forces member said the Kurds have not left their positions guarding detainees. In fact, “they prevented a prison break last night without us," the military source on the front line said. “They are not abandoning our side [yet]."

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"The Turks are hitting outside the security mechanism," according to the source, who said the Kurds are "pleading for our support."

The American troops are doing “nothing," the source lamented. "Just sitting by and watching it unfold.”

Troops on the ground in Syria and their commanders were “surprised” by Trump's withdrawal decision Sunday night.

Of the president’s decision, the source said: “He doesn’t understand the problem. He doesn’t understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level-headed actor.”

“The Kurds are as close to Western thinking in the Middle East as anyone,” said the longtime member of Special Forces. “It’s a shame. We are just watching. It’s horrible.”

“This is not helping the ISIS fight," the military source said.

Many of the ISIS prisoners "will be free in the coming days and weeks," he predicted.

Trump told reporters Wednesday afternoon that the captured terrorists were "really bad people who should go back to Europe."

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I just spoke to a distraught US Special Forces soldier who is among the 1000 or so US troops in Syria tonight who is serving alongside the SDF Kurdish forces . “ I am ashamed for the first time in my career .” — Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) October 9, 2019.

Members of Turkey -backed Syrian National Army (former FSA) flash the V-sign as they drive back to Turkey after they went in for some time on inspection according to the Turkish police entourage in the same area at the border between Turkey Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State , or ISIS.

"We said to various countries, we'd like you to take your people back. Nobody wants them, they're bad," Trump said, saying that "maybe the Kurds [...] if not them, Turkey" would deal with the ISIS fighters.

"The Kurds are sticking by us," the Special Forces source stressed to Fox News. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."

American troops were disappointed in the decisions being handed down by senior leaders, the source on the ground added.

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Pompeo insists US didn't give Turkey 'green light' to invade .
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. "didn't give Turkey a green light" to invade Syria and attack Kurdish forces in an interview Wednesday. "Yeah, well that's just false," Pompeo said in the interview with PBS NewsHour. "The United States didn't give Turkey a green light."Pompeo deflected questions regarding whether the U.S. should take responsibility for the results of the Turkish attacks, including if civilians are killed or if ISIS reemerges.

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