Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

"It's, it's absolutely a given that they will come back", stated Mattis, a retired Marine Corps normal.

Esper said there was "no way" USA forces could have stopped the Turks, who assembled a force of about 15,000 troops on the Syrian border, supported by air power.

Esper said the "deliberate withdrawal" only applies to northern part of Syria, but he wouldn't elaborate on how long the troops will be out of the region. "Obviously, the Kurds are adapting to the Turkish attacks".

In typical Trump style of brinkmanship, Trump announced economic sanctions against Turkey through a press statement on Monday.

"We did not sign up to fight Turkey, a longstanding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, on behalf of the (Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces)". "Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land".

A senior U.S. defense official tells CNN that President Trump "falsely claiming that the SDF Kurds are letting ISIS prisoners out of prison is wrong because they are the people that defeated ISIS, wrong because they are now risking their lives to defend our forces and wrong because they are fighting a force that intends to eliminate their people because we green lighted their operation". "I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!" A U.S. official said around 150 Americans were at the base while 1,000 were leaving northeastern Syria.

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The only exception to the US withdrawal from Syria is a group of perhaps 200 troops who will remain at a base called Tanf in southern Syria near the Jordanian border along the strategically important Baghdad-to-Damascus highway.

The move came after US President Donald Trump said he would issue an executive order authorizing "powerful additional sanctions" against Turkish officials, such as financial penalties, blocking property and stifling their entry into the United States.

James Mattis also expressed the utter importance of keeping the pressure on Islamic State fighters. But, many in congress weren't impressed with Trump in this treat. Gen. John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under the Obama administration, told CNN the unfolding crisis in Syria was "completely foreseeable" and "the U.S. greenlighted it". "And such a withdrawal would also create a broader power vacuum in Syria that will be exploited by Iran and Russian Federation, a catastrophic outcome for the United States' strategic interests".

"There was no chance (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan) Erdogan would keep his promise, and full blown ethnic cleansing is underway by Turkish supported militias", he said.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump is weakening America.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican allied with Trump, expressed his displeasure with the president's decision in a statement. The official concluded, "U.S. policy has failed".

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