A image taken on December 30, 2018, reveals a line of US army automobiles in Syria’s northern metropolis of Manbij.
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President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to elucidate his resolution to tug U.S. troops away from Syria’s northern border, the place neighboring Turkey is anticipated to launch army operations towards Kurdish troopers there.
In a five-part thread of tweets, Trump complained that European allies had been treating America as a “sucker” by not taking accountability for some captured Islamic State fighters. He additionally mentioned that the Kurds, who fought ISIS within the area, have been paid “massive amounts of money and equipment” by the U.S.
“It is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” Trump tweeted. “WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN.”
He added: “Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their ‘neighborhood.'”
Late Sunday night time, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham revealed that the U.S. would withdraw from northern Syria.
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” Grisham mentioned in an announcement following a name between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The assertion additionally mentioned that “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.”
Some of Trump’s Republican allies had been fast to assault the president’s newest resolution on the U.S. army presence in Syria. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one among Trump’s closest confidants, went on Fox News to name the transfer “short-sighted and irresponsible” and mentioned he would pen a decision urging Trump to rethink.
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida mentioned withdrawal could be a “grave mistake.”
U.S.-backed Kurds within the area have held ISIS fighters, and have been credited with serving to defeat the ISIS caliphate. Turkey’s anticipated incursion in northern Syria, nevertheless, has been criticized as an obvious try to assault the Kurds amid years of battle between the nation and the group.
A Syrian Kurdish official mentioned in an announcement to NBC News that the U.S. has “abandoned us to a Turkish massacre.”
“We can no longer fight against isis and have to defend ourselves. This could allow isis to return to the region,” the official mentioned.
— CNBC’s Natasha Turak contributed to this report.