The US has apparently achieved its immediate goal in the region – no less than single-handedly defeating the Islamic State terrorist group and capturing hundreds of their fighters, obviously – and will now generously allow Turkey to take over, Donald Trump’s spokesperson announced following the US leader’s call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.
“The United States 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,” the White House statement read.
Without warning, a US military move that would have been announced via a speech to the nation is announced in a 2-paragraph statement from the White House just before 11 p.m. ET on a Sunday night. https://t.co/4uOZ2szq2j
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The apparent withdrawal of US troops from the strategic region that Washington has been clinging to for so long was framed as a huge victory for the American taxpayer.
“Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years… The US will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer,” the two-paragraph statement said, for the second time reminding Americans that it was the US and only the US that defeated the spooky ‘caliphate.’
Nothing was said about the fate of Syrian Kurds, who are considered to be the US’ closest allies on the ground, ever since the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ turned out to be a PR disaster. Turkey sees these Kurdish militias as a national security threat that needs to be ‘tackled.’
Kurdish protesters rallied in front of US-occupied military outposts over the weekend, pleading for protection from Turkey’s looming occupation. If anyone bothered to ask Damascus, though, it would probably say that both occupational forces are equally illegal and in violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
(SOURCE: RUSSIA TODAY)