White House: US Withdrawal Not ‘Green Light’ To Turkey To Massacre Kurds

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters (Photo Credit: Flickr)

WASHINGTON (JNS) — Contrary to public perception, the White House has insisted that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to withdraw U.S. forces along the Syria-Turkey border isn’t a “green light” for Ankara to massacre Syria Kurds.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters on a call Monday night that 50 to 100 U.S. special forces troops would withdraw from northeastern Syria; however, the United States isn’t entirely withdrawing from the country. The official also emphasized that Trump isn’t endorsing the Turkish plan to invade that part of Syria.

The White House announced the withdrawal on Sunday, following a call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, eliciting alarm from the Syrian Kurds, whom Erdoğan considers terrorists.

Trump’s decision was met with quick and harsh bipartisan condemnation, including from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Jewish and pro-Israel groups also reacted unfavorably to the announcement, though Israel for the most part has been quiet.

In the agreement between Turkey and the United States, joint U.S and Turkish ground and air patrols had created a security area that spans more than 78 miles along the Syria-Turkey border.

Erdoğan said on Saturday that the invasion could start “as soon as today or maybe tomorrow.”

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  1. Disgusting Donald sold out our allies THE KURDS and for what? A gift to ISIS. A gift to Israel-hating Turkey. A gift to puppet master Pootin. Genocide blood on Trump’s filthy hentalas. Kurds lost 20,000 troops fighting along side of us in Iraq and Syria. No ally can ever trust America becausevof Disgusting (Neville Chamberlain) Herr Trump.

  2. As an ardent Trump supporter, right now I’m lost for words! I’m concerned that all this persecution from the left may have have taken a heavy toll on his mental state. The leftists and their media cronies are like the crazed hordes of the French Revolution.
    With all their ridiculous antics it wouldn’t surprise if soon tye suggest the guillotine for the President and his supporters in Congress and the Senate.


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