Trump: "Kurds are not angels": House of Representatives condemns troop withdrawal

              Thursday, October 17, 2019

Trump blows for the decision to withdraw troops also from the ranks against a strong headwind.
(Photo: REUTERS)

              For the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria harvested Donald Trump in its own ranks strong criticism. By an overwhelming majority, the US House of Representatives condemns the move. Meanwhile, the US president is pulling over the former Kurdish allies.
              US President Donald Trump has defended his Syria course, which is also heavily controversial in his own party, as "strategically brilliant." The US soldiers are now "totally safe" with their withdrawal from northern Syria, said Trump on Wednesday in Washington. The Kurdish fighters allied with the United States would now be protected by Syria – "that's good," underlined the US President. Trump is being criticized for his decision not only by the opposition Democrats, but also from within his own ranks. Among other things, the US president is accused of betraying the Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG) and the danger of regrouping the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia. The US House of Representatives has condemned the withdrawal of troops that cleared the way for the Turkish offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria by a large majority. 354 MPs voted in favor of a bipartisan resolution, only 60 voted against. The resolution also calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call an immediate halt to the North Syrian offensive. The YPG and the US forces had successfully fought ISIS together in recent years. Meanwhile, Trump talks badly about the Kurdish fighters. These are "not angels," he said on Wednesday. Like Erdogan, Trump struck a direct line from the YPG to the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) within Turkey. The PKK, "who are part of the Kurds," is likely to be "in many ways more of a terrorist threat than the IS," he said. The Turkish government classifies the PKK as a "terrorist organization". However, the US president denied that he had "given the green light" to Erdogan in a telephone call three days before the start of the Turkish offensive. "Exactly the opposite" was the case, Trump said during a meeting with the Italian leader Sergio Mattarella in the White House. However, the Turkish invasion had been planned for a long time, so she "did not surprise him," said Trump. Russia's role is trump matter US Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo want to come to Ankara on Thursday to join Erdogan to use for a stop the offensive. On Monday, the US government imposed sanctions on Turkey. However, Trump also described the conflict between Syria and Turkey as a matter of no concern to the US: "It's not our limit, let them fight their own wars." His goal was to get the US troops out of the "endless wars." The criticism that he also enabled the strengthening of Russia's role in the region with the withdrawal of troops, rejected Trump. Moscow supports the Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. The US president said that if Syria "gets some help from Russia, that's fine". There is "a lot of sand" in Syria, Trump noted sarcastically. "So there is a lot of sand that they can play with." With his recent comments Trump fanned the dispute in his own camp to continue his Syria policy. He feared that this course could lead to a "complete and utter disaster for US national security", the influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter. His concern was that the US would no longer find allies in the region against "radical Islam", could re-strengthen IS and Iran's influence grew.

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