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US 'We feel betrayed': Kurds in U.S. voice anger at Trump's troop pullback

23:50  11 october  2019
23:50  11 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

The U.S. saved Kurds like me in Iraq. Now Trump is indifferent to our slaughter.

  The U.S. saved Kurds like me in Iraq. Now Trump is indifferent to our slaughter. The U.S. save Kurds like me in Iraq. Now Trump's letting us be slaughtered in Rojava.The Oct. 6 phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spelled disaster for Kurds in northern Syria. The Kurds have been the United States' strongest allies in the fight against the Islamic State militant group since 2014 and have controlled the most peaceful and democratic part of Syria, known as Rojava, since the start of its civil war in 2011. Even so, Trump tacitly gave a green light to Erdogan to launch a military invasion against the Kurds, which began days later.

“ We feel betrayed , we feel angry,” said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Kurds have long played a role in U . S . military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the early 1990 s to the latest fights against Islamic State militants.

“ We feel betrayed , we feel angry,” said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Kurds have long played a role in U . S . military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the early 1990 s to the latest fights against Islamic State militants.

Syrian Kurds walk after crossing into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 20, 2014. About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours.© Reuters Syrian Kurds walk after crossing into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 20, 2014. About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours.

NASHVILLE/NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Like many Kurds living in the United States, Lava Antar has had a hard time sleeping this week, waking often to check reports of Turkish jets and artillery pounding her northeast Syria homeland. Once, she learned her former neighbor's 30-year-old son was killed.

"We feel betrayed, we feel angry," said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Turkey's strikes, which sparked international criticism and fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Leader of Syrian Kurds tells US "you are leaving us to be slaughtered"

  Leader of Syrian Kurds tells US The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria."You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN.

“ We feel betrayed , we feel angry,” said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Kurds have long played a role in U . S . military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the early 1990 s to the latest fights against Islamic State militants.

A crowd of over 500 people protest in support of Kurds after the Trump administration changed its policy in Syria, in front of the federal courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, U . S . October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Harrison McClary.

Turkey attacked after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants.

"We've been helping the U.S. Like, 11,000 people died for this," she said. "Is it because I’m Kurd that I have to be killed?"

The U.S. Census Bureau has estimated there are about 21,000 people of Kurdish ancestry in America. In cities including New York, Washington, Nashville and Dallas, many are planning protests against Trump's pullback.

Kurds have long played a role in U.S. military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the early 1990s to the latest fights against Islamic State militants.

"Trump all of a sudden forgot that Kurds were fighting shoulder-and-shoulder with American soldiers," said Tabeer Sindi, 34, secretary of the Tennessee Kurdish Community Council in Nashville and an organizer of a rally scheduled for Friday outside the federal courthouse in the city, home to one of the largest U.S. concentrations of Kurdish immigrants.

U. S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

  U. S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas The deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad further dimmed the prospect of continued U.S. presence in Syria.Hundreds of Islamic State family members escaped a detention camp after Turkish shellfire hit the area, U.S. troops pulled out from another base and Turkish-backed forces consolidated their hold over a vital highway, cutting the main U.S. supply route into Syria.

“ We feel betrayed , we feel angry,” said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Turkey’ s In cities including New York, Washington, Nashville and Dallas, many are planning protests against Trump ’ s pullback . Kurds have long played a role in

" We feel betrayed , we feel angry," said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Turkey attacked after U . S . President Donald Trump decided to withdraw U . S . troops who had been Kurds have long played a role in U . S . military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the

"Kurds were the only main force on the ground, the only boots on the ground. We sacrificed thousands of lives."

Sindi, a married father of four boys whose family came from northern Iraq 24 years ago, said his father, Ismail, was a Peshmarga commander killed in a mustard gas attack while fighting Saddam Hussein's forces in 1988.

Even some of Trump's closest allies blasted the move, announced on Sunday. Twenty-nine of his fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday said they would announce sanctions against Turkey over the attacks, a day after similar legislation was announced in the Senate.

'THE WHOLE WORLD HAS BEEN SILENT'

Sindi said people in Nashville's Kurdish community have been getting news from Syria through social media and media outlets but also personal contacts and family members.

"We have a lot of Trump supporters in our community, but even they are mad. They are unhappy about this decision," Sindi said, adding that he also blames Congress and other U.S. allies for allowing the attack to begin.

Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies

  Kurdish, Syrian, and Turkish Ironies Critics now upset about abandoning our Kurdish friends demanded abject withdrawals — and the abandonment of friends — in Afghanistan and Iraq.Outrage met Donald Trump’s supposedly rash decision to pull back U.S. troops from possible confrontational zones between our Kurdish friends in Syria and Recep Erdogan’s expeditionary forces.

" We feel betrayed , we feel angry," said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Kurds have long played a role in U . S . military action in the Middle East, from the first Gulf War in the early 1990 s to the latest fights against Islamic State militants.

" We feel betrayed , we feel angry," said Antar, a 26-year-old student, during at a meeting to plan a Saturday rally in New York City decrying Turkey' s strikes, which sparked international criticism and fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us ' in Normandy.

"Where are all the other countries? The whole world has been silent about this."

Silav Ibrahim, 32, who moved to the United States from a Kurdish region of northern Iraq at age four, said she had been in contact Thursday with a friend who fled from Syria to the Iraq border.

"I don't know what to say," she said in Nashville, where she recently resettled after spending six years doing humanitarian work in Kurdistan. "I do feel betrayed like every other Kurd. Every Kurd has the right to feel betrayed. I really am sad."

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the purpose of the assault is to defeat the Kurdish YPG militia which has links to insurgents in Turkey.

Kurdish activists in the United States said they planned to call congressional representatives.

"I hear the senators -- Republican and Democrats -- talking about sanctions, but that that's not going to stop Erdogan," said Shyar Antar, a 24-year-old cousin of Lava Antar, from Qamishli City in northeast Syria, at the same New York meeting.

"President Trump should send back the troops to the border so that Turkey would stop the bombing. But I don't think after what has happened that Trump will go back," Antar said. "So I think right now the only hope is in Congress, try and implement a no fly zone." (Reporting by Tim Ghianni and Maria Caspani, additional reporting by Heather Timmons and Jason Lange in Washington, writing by Scott Malone; Editing by David Gregorio)

The Kurdish solution that Trump won't dare contemplate .
Kurds have been staunch allies in America's struggle against ISIS. Without them, America would have paid a far steeper price in blood and treasure to defeat the brutal outfit. That's why President Trump's move to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria and let Turkey move in and slaughter the Kurds there is being greeted with widespread revulsion. Trump has cut a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will hand over control of this region to Turkey so long as Turkey relieves America of the responsibility of taking care of captured ISIS soldiers and their families.

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