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Trump Makes Way for Turkish Operation in Syria

Trump Makes Way for Turkish Operation in Syria – BBC News

The US will play no role in an imminent Turkish operation against Kurdish-led forces in north-eastern Syria, the White House has said, in a major shift.

Turkey wants to clear Kurdish militiamen - whom it regards as terrorists - away from the border.

The Turks would become responsible for all Islamic State (IS) group prisoners in the area, the US statement said.

Kurdish YPG fighters have until now received strong support from the US, which has hundreds of troops in Syria.

In January, President Trump threatened to "devastate Turkey economically" if it attacked Kurdish forces following a planned US pullout from Syria…

Read on.


Bill C.

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:52am

From our article above:

"It marks a betrayal of Washington's Kurdish allies, a betrayal that many other countries in the region will note with alarm.

Both the Saudis and the Israelis are coming to realize that Mr Trump's robust rhetoric is rarely matched by actions."

Add in the non-action of Trump with regard to Iran's attack on Saudi Arabia -- and the Trump non-action on recent provocations by North Korea -- then, indeed, what are our allies and friends supposed to think???