We really don’t know where the US is on Syria

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ABU DHABI — The overseas coverage of the United States in locations like Syria has been “contradictory” for a number of years, in response to the former chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence companies.

Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi Saturday, Saudi Arabian Prince Turki Al-Faisal stated: “The situation in Syria, we really don’t know where the United States is, for example, is it in or is it out?”

Trump just lately introduced that U.S. forces in northeastern Syria would transfer apart, clearing the approach for a Turkish offensive that is now in its fourth day. The Turkish operation is geared toward shifting the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), away from its southern border with Syria.

Ankara views the group as terrorists and stresses the YPG’s ties to a separatist Kurdish group in Turkey, the PKK, which has carried out a decades-long violent insurgency in opposition to the Turkish state. Nonetheless, Kurdish forces have been a strategic accomplice to the U.S. and performed a vital function in defeating the so-called Islamic State.

Trump’s controversial transfer has acquired widespread criticism in the worldwide group. The U.S. administration has additionally been accused of sending blended messages by, at occasions, distancing itself from the Kurdish militia but additionally getting ready sanctions on Turkey if it steps over the line.

Al-Faisal famous his concern at the American troop withdrawal, telling CNBC that for U.S. forces “to all of a sudden, fold up their tents and silently fade away is, I think, not the right thing to do.” But he added that these contradictory statements from the White House did not begin below the Trump regime.

“That’s been the case not just since Trump but since Obama. You remember the ‘red lines’ of Obama, nothing coming through on that. Subsequently, Mr. Trump’s contradictory statements about the removal of American forces,” he stated.

In 2012, former President Barack Obama warned the Syrian authorities to not cross a purple line by utilizing or shifting chemical or organic weapons. In 2013, Syrian President Bashar Assad killed over an estimated 1,000 residents in Eastern Ghouta with Sarin gasoline.

Trump initially introduced the full withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria in December 2018. He directed the U.S. army to take away all remaining 2,200 American floor troops from Syria inside 30 days. Trump, at the time, went on to tweet that IS had been defeated.

US troops to Saudi Arabia

Also this week, the U.S. administration stated it would ship extra forces into Saudi Arabia after assaults on its oil manufacturing amenities, which was blamed on Iran. This got here regardless of Trump stating that he needs to scale back army involvement in the area.

Al-Faisal informed CNBC that he wasn’t stunned that the U.S. can be partaking with the Saudi kingdom by sending troops, whereas additionally withdrawing forces away from its allies in Syria.

“Well, It’s always been about energy since hasn’t it. Since 1945.”

He went on so as to add: “The oil market binds the world together and what happens in Saudi Arabia does not stay in Saudi Arabia.”

“It has somehow an ability to affect other countries. So I am not surprised the U.S. would be interested in engaging with the kingdom on defending the oil industry. It is surprising that America would abandon her allies in Syria. That is something for Mr. Trump to decide.”

The U.S. president just lately acknowledged that the nation had change into such a big producer that it now not wanted oil from the Middle East, however added that it was nonetheless prepared to again its allies.

A spokesperson for the White House wasn’t instantly accessible for remark when contacted by CNBC.

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