Published: Mon, October 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Troops In Syria Came Under Fire From Turkish Incursion: Pentagon

US Troops In Syria Came Under Fire From Turkish Incursion: Pentagon

These same Kurdish fighters were backed by the US until a recent decision by US President Donald Trump stating that troops would be pulled out of Syria.

Trump has defended his resolution to give free rein to Turkish forces by announcing the ISIS caliphate has been defeated and he desires to end the USA from combating "never-ending wars" and carry troops abet dwelling.

Turkey denied opening fire on U.S. troops and said the attack was on "terrorist positions".

Trump is struggling to quell harsh criticism, including from some of his staunchest Republican backers, that he gave Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurds last Sunday when he made a decision to pull a small number of US troops out of the border area. "We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover".

Former secretary of defense James Mattis on Sunday said that ISIS will "resurge" if the United States does not keep up the pressure in Syria. "It's absolutely a given that they will come back", Mattis said.

The YPG forms the backbone of the USA -backed ground forces fighting the Islamic State group. Mattis resigned in December after President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw troops from Syria became public. The officials said what set him off was a report that the Turkish Minister of Defense threatened to kill the US-backed Kurdish allies and put them "in ditches" once the United States pulled out.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said Turkey's incursion was causing "great harm" in relations with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

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According to acting and former US officials cited by The Washington Post, the Turkish command who launched artillery rounds near a US Special operations outpost in northeastern Syria on Friday, has been aware for months of an American base there, with the fact hinting that Turkey by conducting a deliberate attack could be trying to push the US contingent farther away from the border.

The Syrian army will deploy along the length of the border with Turkey in an agreement with the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria to help repel a Turkish offensive, the Kurdish-led administration said on Sunday.

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The assault on the Kurds, who lost 11,000 opponents within the war in opposition to ISIS, has diminished their capacity to preserve glimpse on hundreds of the terrorists they're maintaining in makeshift prisons at some stage in Syria.

Prior to Turkey's offensive last week, as a confidence building measure with the country, the USA convinced the Syrian Kurds to dismantle their defensive fortifications along the border and pull their fighters back. Trump's decision to pull out of the region cleared the way for this week's Turkish offensive against Kurds in northeast Syria it sees as a threat.

"The president's got a lot of power that's in the Constitution", he said. "This is a bad situation", he said.

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