The Kurds helped the US and NATO against ISIS in Northern Syria….
Turkey has NEVER been happy with the Kurds trying to have their own state in that area…
We now have American and NATO troops LEAVING the area so that Turkey can move into the area…
The Kurdish/Turkey conflict has been bloody and long lasting….
Turkey has been friendly with Russia recently even though it is a NATO member …
Did I just say that the Russian card is being played here?
The American State Department AND Defence Department is AGAINST this order from their Commander -in-Chief….
In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria.
Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be a terrorist insurgency, and has long sought to end American support for the group. But the Kurdish fighters, which are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., have been the United States’ most reliable partner in fighting the Islamic State in a strategic corner of northern Syria.
Now, Mr. Trump’s decision goes against the recommendations of top officials in the Pentagon and the State Department who have sought to keep a small troop presence in northeast Syria to continue operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, and to act as a critical counterweight to Iran and Russia.
Administration officials said that Mr. Trump spoke directly with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the issue on Sunday. And the officials indicated that the 100 to 150 United States military personnel deployed to that area would be pulled back in advance of any Turkish operation but that they would not be completely withdrawn from Syria.