nearvideo trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria orders US troops out: Is it the right step?
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised President Trump surprise to pull a decision out of Syria, even as the United States ‘” closest allies, criticised the step and said they remain in the war-ravaged country due to the Islamic state threat.
“If the US made this decision, then it is the right thing,” Putin said at the annual press conference on Thursday. He noted that the presence of American troops in Syria “illegal,” because the Assad government never agreed to it.
“Donald’s right, I agree with him,” the Russian head of state, and pointed to Trump’s remarks that the Islamic state was largely defeated.
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Putin’s remarks came just hours before Trump tweeted that “Russia, Iran, Syria and many others are not happy” about the decision by the country to fight because now you have the Islamic state militants.
Russia has long criticized for his activities in Syria, with many references to Russian military often worked to the preservation of the rule of Bashar al-Assad rather than a blow to the Islamic state. Russia also stood behind the regime, even amid reports that Syrian forces used chemical weapons against his own people.
The President announced the sudden decision on Wednesday in a video shot with the White house and posted on his Twitter account.
“We have said, fought for a long time in Syria,” Trump. “I’ve been President for almost two years, and we have really stepped in it. And we won, against ISIS. We have beaten them, and we have beaten them badly. And now it’s time to get our troops back home.”
The move met with disapproval and criticism from major European and middle Eastern allies.
The US-backed Syrian democratic forces (SDF), a force that was instrumental in bringing the pressure back the ISIS militants from Iraq and parts of Syria, said the decision caused resentment and fear.
“Everyone is angry, sad and afraid,” an SDF member from the Kurdish-dominant Syrian city of Kobane told Fox News. “It is a historic mistake. We wanted to be a part of America. We are surrounded by enemies, and ISIS is not even finished yet.”
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“Everyone is confused and scared. This means that Turkey will attack us. We are in shock, because we thought the USA would help us, peace to ISIS,” said Mazloum Kurdy, a 33-year-old father and a teacher from Kobane.
“We have not guessed you to help us, the terrorists, defeat them and then let us alone to face the horror of the Turkish armed forces and their extreme group. Now people are displace to think about, from your family here again, but no one knows where to go to a safe place.”
Russian President Vladimir speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
The French government also does not agree with the White house assessment that the fight against the Islamic state.
“It shows that we have different priorities, and that we rely on ourselves as the first” European Minister Nathalie Loiseau told C-news-television, according to Reuters. “Well, of course, we stay in Syria, because the fight against the Islamic state is essential.”
France’s defence Minister Florence Parly, said on Twitter that while the militants lost most, in their field, they are active and must be combated.
“The Islamic state has not wiped from the map, yet their roots. The last pockets of this terrorist organization must be defeated militarily once and for all,” she said.
“The Islamic state has not wiped from the map, yet their roots. The last pockets of this terrorist organization must be defeated militarily once and for all.”
— France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly
The United Kingdom expressed a similar view, releasing a statement to reaffirm the continuation of its actions in Syria, said the Islamic state remains a threat, even as it no longer controlled the area.
“The global coalition against Daesh has made huge progress. Since military operations began, the coalition and its partners in Syria and in Iraq have again the vast majority of Daesh territory and the important progress made in the last few days, in the last area of Eastern Syria, the Daesh is busy,” the statement said.
“But there is still much to do and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without territory, Daesh continues to be a threat is added,” it is.
“But there is still much to do and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without the territory that Daesh is a threat to remain.”
— The government of the United Kingdom
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas Deputy, tweeting a statement that the 1,200 employees German employees remain in Syria.
“Has again been pushed out, but the threat is not yet over,” Germany’s Foreign Office, wrote in a tweet.” There is the risk that the consequences of this decision, the damage to the fight against IS, and to endanger the success already achieved.”
Fox News’ Hollie McKay and the Associated Press contributed to this report.