Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

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Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

Post by jserraglio » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:41 am

CBS NEWS

Abandoned by the US, our former allies, the Kurds, are now attempting to cut a deal with Russian and Syrian forces under Assad advancing from the south.

Washington — The U.S. is "preparing to evacuate" about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" in an interview airing Sunday.
The move comes a week after President Trump announced the repositioning of several dozen American troops embedded with Kurdish forces in northern Syria, opening the door for a Turkish offensive against the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF), the main U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS.
"In the last 24 hours, we learned that [the Turks] likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west," Esper said. "We also have learned in the last 24 hours that the ... SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north."
Transcript: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on "Face the Nation"
Esper told "Face the Nation" the troops remaining in the country were caught between Turkish forces and the SDF. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 internally displaced people are fleeing the violence.
"And so we find ourselves, we have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies, and it's a very untenable situation," Esper said. "So I spoke with the president last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria."
Asked if the U.S. had the authority to return fire, Esper said U.S. troops "have the right to self defense and we will execute it if necessary."
Shortly after the initial pullback last week, Turkey began its onslaught, attacking the northern part of the country. On Saturday, the fourth day of the offensive, Turkish forces captured a key border town from the SDF. ISIS prisoners were also able to escape imprisonment when Turkish artillery hit a prison compound.
While the U.S. move is a gift to the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it's seen as a stark betrayal of the Kurds who have fought alongside U.S. forces for years to defeat ISIS. The Kurds, former U.S. officials and senior Republican lawmakers have warned the U.S. pullout from the region could give ISIS room to rebuild, and send a message that the U.S. is willing to abandon close allies when the political winds change.
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Re: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

Post by barney » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:55 pm

So, two awful alternatives. A bigger war in Syria that might go on and on, if the Syrian Army joins the Kurds, or a reshaping of power relationships to which the Kurds have to accommodate themselves, in which all the players are deeply unpleasant.
And an utter loss of face and influence for the US in the region.
But all part of that vile cretin's plan in his "unmatched wisdom".

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Re: Diplomatic fiasco. military humiliation — Trump caves & orders all troops out of Syria

Post by jserraglio » Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Not to mention the perilous conclusions allies like Ukraine, Israel, Japan, S. Korea and adversaries like China, Russia, N. Korea and Iran will inevitably draw about this paper tiger, if they haven't already done so.

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