The militias, known as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), are the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the designated terrorist group called the Kurdistan Workers Party, which has carried out a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state.
White House national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday outlined conditions for a US troop departure from Syria that appeared to contradict President Trump's insistence less than a month ago that the withdrawal would be immediate and without conditions. The U.S. supports the Kurds, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to stop them from forming an independent state.
If Bolton spoke out of turn on such an important matter, I don't see how Trump can retain his services.
"Trump has said the USA shouldn't be the policeman of the world, but we do have interests in the region that need to be considered, including the protection of Christians, and the Kurds, who were faithful allies in the fight against ISIS", said Shea.
Sadly, if Washington ever had a weltanschauung - a grand, consistent world view - it all began to fall apart before even the first of the two envoys tapped to deliver these messages had arrived.
The statement comes a few weeks after the White House announced that the U.S. had begun removing its forces from Syria, but stressed that it did not mean the end of the US-led worldwide coalition's fight against Daesh* terrorists in the Arab country. "Very soon, we will take action to neutralise terrorist organisations in Syria", Erdogan said.
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An SDF official said: "Due to a smart missile attack by ISIS, a fighter of the YPG was killed and another wounded, in addition to two British soldiers". "You make the decision to withdraw, then you try to find excuses not to by blaming Turkey". But there are also conflicting estimates on the number of Christians in this area, so troubling questions persist about the consequences of Trump's decision.
"We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!"
Since then, United States officials have appeared to row back slightly on the decision.
President Donald Trump´s "decision to withdraw our troops has been made".
The same Arab source said that Egypt, recently expanding the scope of its ties with Syria, has been consulting with Kuwait to start the diplomatic momentum to re-integrate Syria back into the Arab fold.
In an interview with Turkey's NTV on January 10, Cavusoglu said his NATO-member state will not accept the United States imposing conditions in regard to its deal to buy the Russian-made surface-to-air defense systems. The United States is anxious sensitive North Atlantic Treaty Organisation technology could pass to Moscow if Turkey uses both systems.
Turkey has used the instability caused by the Syrian civil war to launch incursions against Kurdish positions in Syria, pulling Kurdish fighters from helping the us fight ISIS so that they can defend their own territory. Still, the United States desperately needs massive military bases it maintains in Qatar, the largest in the region with 10,000 USA servicemen, and in Saudi allies Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait, also on Pompeo's itinerary. We've never dreamed of domination.