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Pres. Trump gives our most reliable ally in Syria the shaft at the behest of a dictator
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 07, 2019 05:36AM
[www.nytimes.com]

In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria.

Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be a terrorist insurgency, and has long sought to end American support for the group. But the Kurdish fighters, which are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., have been the United States’ most reliable partner in fighting the Islamic State in a strategic corner of northern Syria.

Now, Mr. Trump’s decision goes against the recommendations of top officials in the Pentagon and the State Department who have sought to keep a small troop presence in northeast Syria to continue operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, and to act as a critical counterweight to Iran and Russia.

Administration officials said that Mr. Trump spoke directly with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the issue on Sunday. And the officials indicated that the 100 to 150 United States military personnel deployed to that area would be pulled back in advance of any Turkish operation but that they would not be completely withdrawn from Syria.

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“Mr. Erdogan has demanded a “safe zone” for his nation to run 20 miles deep and 300 miles along the Turkish-Syrian border east of the Euphrates. That area, he has said, would be reserved for the return of at least a million Syrian refugees now inside Turkey. Mr. Erdogan has threatened to send a wave of Syrian migrants to Europe instead if the international community does not support the initiative to send them back to Syria.”



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/07/2019 05:37AM by Speedy.
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Re: Pres. Trump gives our most reliable ally in Syria the shaft at the behest of a dictator
Posted by: RgrF
Date: October 07, 2019 06:40AM
The US has enlisted the help of Kurd's for years, this will be at least the third time we've betrayed them.

In Trumpistan it pays to be a corrupt, strongman head of state. Ask the Orangesicle why he's been so silent about Hong Kong/China protesters. You'll get no response.

He admires dictators.
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Re: Pres. Trump gives our most reliable ally in Syria the shaft at the behest of a dictator
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 07, 2019 07:25AM
He’s already told China he’ll be silent regarding Hong Kong.
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Re: Pres. Trump gives our most reliable ally in Syria the shaft at the behest of a dictator
Posted by: samintx
Date: October 07, 2019 02:10PM
SHINEY OBJECT? Turkey hasn’t moved. US troops have moved.
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