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World Trump defends Syria withdrawal amid outrcry from Kurdish allies

15:50  07 october  2019
15:50  07 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Erdogan, Trump to meet next month in Washington amid Syria tensions: Turkey

  Erdogan, Trump to meet next month in Washington amid Syria tensions: Turkey President Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to meet in Washington in November amid tensions over Syria, Reuters reported Sunday.The agreement came during a phone call Sunday where the two leaders discussed a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria from which Kurdish fighters would be withdraw, Ankara reportedly announced.The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.Conflict between the U.S. and Turkey over Kurdish fighters in Syria has been brewing for years.America is allied with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which the U.S.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria , bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely Abandoning the Kurdish allies , the officials argued, also would cripple future American efforts to gain the trust of local fighters for counterterrorism

Republican and Democratic Senators criticized President Trump 's plan to pull U.S. troops out of Syria . Senators said the decision contradicts the advice of military leaders, undermines allies and will allow Islamic State insurgents to regroup. (Dec. 20) AP.

WASHINGTON – Kurdish fighters who helped the U.S. battle the Islamic State said their American allies "did not fulfill their obligations" as U.S. troops began to withdraw from their positions in northeastern Syria on Monday ahead of an expected Turkish military assault.

a person standing in front of a crowd: A members of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force of Asayesh stands guard as Syrian Kurds demonstrate against Turkish threats to launch a military operation on their region, in the town of Al-Qahtaniyah, in northeastern Syrian Al-Hasakah Governorate on Oct. 7, 2019. -© Delil Souleiman, AFP via Getty Images A members of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force of Asayesh stands guard as Syrian Kurds demonstrate against Turkish threats to launch a military operation on their region, in the town of Al-Qahtaniyah, in northeastern Syrian Al-Hasakah Governorate on Oct. 7, 2019. -

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers the Kurdish forces in Syria to be terrorists allied with Kurdish insurgents within his country and has long threatened a military incursion into the area.

Trump says he's "not siding with anybody" in Syria withdrawal

  Trump says he's The president insisted he's adhering to his campaign promise of "America first"Washington — President Trump didn't let intense Republican criticism of his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria rattle him Monday, insisting he made the right call in deciding to leave the unstable region to Turkey and other actors.

Donald Trump is reported to have ordered a full, rapid withdrawal of over 2,000 US troops in Syria , declaring victory over the Islamic State, and taking allies and They are being threatened with a cross-border offensive from Turkey, which sees them as indistinguishable from Kurdish Workers’ party

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday morning that the withdrawal from Syria would keep the U.S. from becoming mired in another long-term The sudden announcement that the U.S. would withdraw its forces in Syria sent allies scrambling and prompted some in the U.S. to wonder whether

Foreign policy experts, as well as Republican and Democratic lawmakers, have warned that allowing Turkey into the region could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and been seen as a betrayal of a U.S. military ally.

President Donald Trump defended the move on Twitter Monday, writing the U.S. "was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days" and "that was many years ago."

"We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight," Trump tweeted.

"The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so," Trump added. He repeated his aversion to longterm U.S. military commitments overseas and said: "Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out."

Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal from Syria in late 2018, a plan that led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Later, the president backed off a full withdrawal, but he apparently sees Monday's pullback as a way to resurrect his plan to get the U.S. out of Syria.

One of Trump’s most outspoken supporters, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., criticized last year’s plan to pull out of Syria.

In December of last year, Graham tweeted, "As to the status of our Kurdish allies, the Administration has yet to tell the American people what happens to the Kurds – who fought so hard for us – when we leave. Is there a plan to protect our allies post withdrawal? Need answers now."

Graham has not commented on Sunday’s move, which appears to have taken officials across the world by surprise.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces took down fortifications and removed heavy weapons for the border region in a move meant to appease Erdogan as part of an agreement in which American and Turkey would conduct joint patrols in along a 78-mile security zone.

Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy

  Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Kurds, saying they didn't help the United States during World War II and that they were only fighting for their land in Syria during the battle against ISIS."The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room."And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't"The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday defended his plan to withdraw American troops from Syria against mounting criticism from Republicans An American troop withdrawal would be expected to remove key support for the Kurdish opposition in its fight against Mr. Assad’s government and

WASHINGTON — The Senate, in a bipartisan rebuke to President Trump ’s foreign policy, voted overwhelmingly to advance legislation drafted by the majority leader to express strong opposition to the president’s withdrawal of United States military forces from Syria and Afghanistan.

"Despite our efforts to avoid any military escalation with Turkey, the flexibility we have shown to move forward with the establishment of the border security mechanism, and the fulfillment of all our obligations in this regard, the US forces did not fulfill their obligations and withdrew their forces from the territories bordering with Turkey," the SDF said in a statement shared by the Kurdish Hawar news agency.

The SDF warned that Turkey's planned "invasion" would "have a major negative impact on our war on ISIS and will destroy all the stability achieved during the past years."

The Kurdish fighters said they "will not hesitate for a moment to defend ourselves" and they called on "Arabs Kurds, Syrians and Assyrians to join forces and stand with their legitimate forces to defend our country against this Turkish aggression."

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement on Sunday that "Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria" and that U.S. forces "will not support or be involved in the operation."

The statement did not mention the U.S. pullout but Erdogan confirmed the pullback, as did the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. And video shared by Hawar reportedly showing U.S. forces withdrawing from the towns in of Tal Abyad and Serê Kaniyê.

The unexpected withdrawal comes as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry over allegations that he pressured a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election.

Contributing: David Jackson, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump defends Syria withdrawal amid outrcry from Kurdish allies

House condemns Trump’s Syria withdrawal .
The House condemned President Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, which paved the way for Turkey’s military assault against the Kurds.Voting 354 to 60, lawmakers approved a non-binding resolution opposing the move, which set the stage for Turkey's military assault against Kurdish forces in Syria that the U.S. partnered with to beat back Islamic State terrorists.

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