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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

Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria

  Turkey says ground forces are advancing in northern Syria CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish ground forces pressed their advance against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, Turkey's Defense Ministry said, launching airstrikes and unleashing artillery shelling on Syrian towns and villages the length of its border. The Turkish invasion, now in its second day, has been widely condemned around the world. The Turkish invasion, now in its second day, has been widely condemned around the world. In northern Syria, residents of the border areas scrambled in panic on Wednesday as they tried to get out on foot, in cars and with rickshaws piled with mattresses and a few belongings.

The Kurdish fighters,America's chief ally in battling Islamic State terrorists in Syria , said in a statement that their U.S. allies "did not fulfill their obligations," as U.S. troops began to withdraw from their positions ahead of the The Kurdish fighters in Syria are known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The U.S.-backed Kurds under the Syrian Democratic Forces said their American allies “did not fulfill their obligations” as U.S. troops began to withdraw from their positions ahead of the expected Turkish military operation. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers the Kurdish forces in Syria to

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.

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.

Trump defended the withdrawal , saying "endless wars must end." It was "very smart" not to be involved in the fighting along the Turkish border, he President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops from Syria to clear the way for Turkish forces, despite mounting

President Donald Trump cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a As part of that work, barriers designed to protect the Kurds were dismantled amid assurances that Turkey would not invade. Graham, who had talked Trump out of a withdrawal from Syria last December

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.

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President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to pull US troops from northern Syria ahead of an impending Turkish invasion despite McConnell on Monday urged Trump to reverse his move, saying "a precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and

President Donald Trump defended his relationship with Turkey at NATO meetings Tuesday following its invasion of northern Syria He defended his pullout from the northern border with Syria , which precipitated a Turkish invasion that led to attacks on Kurdish U.S. allies who had battled ISIS

"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

Trump 'meltdown' at White House meeting on Syria sends Democrats storming out .
President Donald Trump found himself increasingly isolated Wednesday as members of his own party decried the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria - a move that cleared the way for a Turkish invasion - and top administration officials set off for an uncertain diplomatic mission to Ankara to negotiate a cease-fire. Democratic leaders stormed out of a White House meeting intended to craft a joint response to the international crisis following what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called “a meltdown” by the president that included insulting Pelosi as “a third-rate politician,” according to other Democratic leaders in the room.

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