Kinzinger: Trump Breaks Campaign Promise To Defeat ISIS With Troop Pullout

Clay Curtis
October 14, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday released $50 million in stabilisation assistance for Syria to protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities and advance human rights, the White House said.

Donald Trump's decision to back down in northern Syria now not only has cost our erstwhile allies, the Kurds, in their blood. Kinzinger rebuked the president's claim, saying the reason US troops were there in the first place was specifically to prevent an endless war.

Mr. Trump's announcement to withdraw the small USA peacekeeping force in northern Syria after a call with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week fueled a flurry of bipartisan outcry in Congress, with even typically staunch allies like Senator Lindsey Graham urging him to reverse course.

Despite Esper saying the U.S. only learned of the effort in the last 24 hours, CNN has reported that the SDF commander told a senior USA diplomat Thursday that this was his intent.

"We also have learned in the last 24 hours that the". He expressed hope the Kurds will "cut a deal" with the Russians and Syrians in order to avoid being slaughtered. They said Turkey was informed of their exact position and there were no other troops of fighters in the area.

"The president has a lot of power... significant sanctions", he pointed out.

Turkey's offensive has raised alarm bells around the world amid concerns about its impact on civilians and the possibility of Daesh militants escaping from Kurdish-led authorities.

A USA official familiar with the situation on the ground said earlier Sunday that United States forces in Syria are preparing to withdraw from the country. "He didn't ask permission".

Turkish Military Attack in Syria Sparks Widespread Condemnation
The U.S. backed the Kurdish forces that fought against Islamic State fighters and has guarded thousands in detention centers. More than a dozen plumes of thick smoke rose in and around the town of Tel Abyad, one of the offensive's first main targets.

While sanctions appear to be the strongest tool of deterrence, the United States and its European allies could also ponder arms sales bans and the threat of war crimes prosecutions.

"There is no way they could stop 15,000 Turks from proceeding south", he said.

Before Turkey's latest operation in Syria, President Trump had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, vowing he wouldn't stand in their way.

One official suggested that the troops would be moving away from northern Syria, but still saying in Syria.

Despite Turkey's assurances that they were acting in self-defence and hadn't fired on the Americans, one army officer who spoke about the sensitive issue on condition of anonymity, said that multiple rounds of 155 mm fire were launched from Turkey's side of the border, noting they had a "bracketing effect" landing on both sides of the U.S. outpost. But the official added that the situation was fluid. But since the militants were driven out, Tanf has assumed a role as part of a USA strategy to contain Iran's military buildup.

Trump, in a tweet Sunday, mentioned: 'Very good to not be concerned within the intense combating alongside the Turkish Border, for a change. We may want a war over. "They have no idea what a bad decision they have made".

The assault on the Kurds, who lost 11,000 opponents within the war in opposition to ISIS, has diminished their capacity to preserve glimpse on hundreds of the terrorists they're maintaining in makeshift prisons at some stage in Syria.

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