Trump Pulls out Remaining Troops from N. Syria; Warns of 'Powerful Sanctions' on Turkey
Monday, 14 October 2019 18:32 WIB |
The U.S. is withdrawing all remaining troops from northern Syria, as President Donald Trump said Sunday it was "very smart... for a change" to not be involved in the fighting sparked by Turkey's onslaught against the U.S.'s long-time battlefield ally, Kurdish fighters.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper told the Fox News Sunday talk show that Trump on Saturday night ordered the "deliberate withdrawal" of the remaining 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria. Esper said U.S. officials feared the American troops would be overrun in Turkey's advance against Kurdish fighters, whom Turkey sees as terrorists, but which most of the West views as key partners in the fight against Islamic State militants.
Syrian state television said government forces have moved north toward the border to "confront the Turkish aggression," but gave no further details.
A spokesman for the Kurdish-led administration in the Syrian town of Kobani said the Syrian Democratic Forces had reached a deal for Syrian troops to be deployed at three spots in or near the city.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Turkey to end its incursion.
"We can no longer accept this situation against the Kurds," the two leaders said.
Source : VOA