Trump ‘ s decision to open the way for Turkey in Syria is seen by critics as Kurds betrayal

FILE 2018: President Donald Trump, left, speaks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they come together for a group photo at a summit meeting of the heads of state and government at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

President Trump faced swift criticism early Monday after the White house announced its decision, US troops out of the Northern Syria and the way Turkey, the planned military incursion into the region.

Kurdish forces, carried the main burden of the ground campaign against the Islamic state militants, but are considered terrorists by the Turkish government.

In December, Trump announced that he was the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, but was met with widespread condemnation for the task of Kurdish allies, the Turkish attack.

The announcement prompted, to protest the resignation to try then-Minister of defense of Jim Mattis, and a coordinated campaign by the former national security adviser John Bolton, for the protection of the Kurds.

In January, Trump Ankara warned the goal of the group, said the United States would devastate “” the Turkey economically, if “you damage the Kurds.”


It was not immediately clear when Trump mentioned the Kurds in his Sunday phone call with the Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan.

To move “So that the Turkey, in the North of Syria, one of the most destabilizing movement is can we do in the Middle East,” tweeted the former Iraq-war-veteran, democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona. “The Kurds will never again trust America. They will close for new alliances, or independence, to protect themselves. Pompeo has failed again.”

Turkey views the people’s protection units, or YPG, as an extension of the Kurdistan workers party, or PKK, which has led an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.

“The Kurds are betrayed by the United States — again,” wrote the New York Times posts Wajahat Ali writes. “Turkey has a brutal history of oppression of the Kurds. Erdogan wants nothing more than cracking down on a group he sees as a ‘threat’ and those who are in it routinely as a “terrorist”,'”, he added. “The Kurds are allies of the United States to fight ISIS. This is a victory for the extremists and authoritarians. Shameful”.


After the late Sunday announcement by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF), which warned that together with US troops to fight ISIS, against Turkey, immediately before the incident in a long series of tweets.

“Based on our confidence in the #USA, the efforts of the security mechanism in the agreement, we implemented all of our obligations to remove military fortifications between Tal Abyad & SereKaniye, withdrawal of combat forces with heavy weapons, risking a security vacuum as a result of the agreement,” the group tweeted.

“But Erdogan’s threats are aimed to change the security mechanism in the mechanism of death, displace our people & change the stable and secure region in a zone of the conflict and the permanent war.”

SDF officials argued, the Turkey, the presence in the region would be the leaders of the result of the return of ISIS, the reversal make successful efforts to defeat the terrorist organization and lead to a “long-term war in the region of #Syria, a permanent conflict zone.”


Erdogan said his country has given enough warning and had acted “with patience.” Erdogan has expressed frustration with Washington’s support for Kurdish groups in Syria.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces, said it is committed, the agreement between Turkey and the United States to preserve stability in the region.

“But we will not hesitate, any unprovoked attack by Turkey in an all-out war on the entire border, to DEFEND us and our people,” tweeted SDF spokesman, Mustafa Bali, a day earlier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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