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US Retreat from Syria Border Begins, Kurdish Allies Betrayed

The withdrawal of US Troops from the border region of NE Syria began earlier today. The White House announced the retreat late last night, triggering widespread condemnation from US Allies. The US partnered with Kurdish Allies to defeat ISIS.

Syrian Democratic Forces members stand in formation during a victory announcement ceremony over the defeat of Daesh’s so-called physical caliphate Mar. 23, 2019 at Omar Academy, Deir ez-Zor, Syria. The Global Coalition will continue addressing the threat Daesh continues to pose to the partner nations and allies, while preventing any return or resurgence in liberated areas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ray Boyington)

With ISIS now largely non-existent, Turkey hopes to establish their own dominance in the area. The US withdrawal opens the door for an onslaught from Turkey and possibly Russia against the Kurds.

Trump is now essentially abandoning the Kurds and giving a green light to Turkish military operations to destroy the militia.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew D. Leistikow of Joint Combat Camera-Iraq, high fives a group of local children in a village near Kirkuk, Iraq, May 8. U.S. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Bravo Company, 414th Civil Affairs Battalion visited villages around Kirkuk to gather atmospherics by meeting and speaking with the locals about current conditions in the area.

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This betrayal by the US will be remembered by Allies for decades. After working together to defeat one of the most evil groups rising in the globe, Trump is now essentially abandoning the Kurds and giving a green light to Turkish military operations to destroy the militia.

A Coalition Forces convoy takes William V. Roebuck, Senior Advisor in the Special Envoy Office for the Coalition to Defeat ISIS, to Ayn Issa, Syria, to discuss various topics with Syrian-Syria Forum members, Feb. 14, 2019. The meeting is part of many ongoing discussions across the provinces to support stability and sustainment in each region. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Ray Boyington)