The United States’ Kurdish allies had been gearing up for a new fight for weeks, digging trenches and defense tunnels in northeastern Syria in preparation for an offensive Turkey’s president warned was imminent. Then, in a surprise announcement, President Donald Trump declared he was pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, declaring the Islamic State group…
A sr military official told me US special forces troops distraught, upset, morally disturbed by having to tell their kurdish allies in Syria that, because of orders, their promises of defense won’t be kept.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) December 21, 2018
Picture how US-syria withdrawal will be seen in the region, around the world. Putin stuck with his ally Assad even when it was painful and embarrassing. The US abandons the Kurds even after they lost thousands of fighters in a joint campaign against ISIS.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) December 19, 2018