Kurds should capitalise on sympathy stirred by Trump’s withdrawal from Syria (Comment)

Hugh Fox
December 27, 2018

Yet, Trump is doing exactly what he promised to do in his campaign.

He left behind a partially shut down U.S. government to greet troops helping hold off extremists in a country where thousands of Americans died during the recent war. The rulers and peoples of this region are going to have to find their own way and fight their own wars.

In addition, the Kurds will feel betrayed if we leave them without arranging protection against the inevitable negative backlash by ISIS and other forces in the region.

What does Mr Trump say? Russian Federation and the Syrian government were more anxious about the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate, in the center of the country and up to the northwest, than about ISIL in the eastern desert. It lives on in thousands of true believers hidden in those countries.

US soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij Syria
US soldiers gather for a brief during a combined joint patrol rehearsal in Manbij Syria

There is no reason to doubt Donald Trump's determination to entirely pull out of Syria, Israeli publicist Avigdor Eskin told Sputnik. This was somehow beneficial for President Assad and even Iran.

Graham is echoed by Nebraska Sen.

This could explain, for instance, why Trump has confidently proclaimed ISIS is already defeated in Syria, while McGurk has warned that pushing ISIS out of all of their physical territory "will not be the end" of the terrorist group, and that fully eliminating them will take years.

But ISIS is a Sunni terrorist organization.

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Israel has repeatedly taken action, carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hizballah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese group.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryakov said Tuesday in an interview with the RIA Novosti news agency that it would be a "big mistake" to dismantle a hotline that Russia and the US use to prevent potential clashes in Syria, despite the USA withdrawal, and said he sees no indications the Americans would do that. But it has certainly created an opening for them to mobilise global public opinion in their favour, with the protection and preservation of the de-facto autonomous region in northern Syria as the immediate objective.

A USA withdrawal, said Mutlu Civiroglu, a Kurdish affairs analyst, will open the way "for Turkey to start its operations against the Kurds, and a bloody war will begin". "In fact, Turkey would need many months of active United States support to build such a force and have it ready to function in the zone now controlled by the SDF", Heras told Kurdistan 24. The territory includes some of the richest oil fields in north and east Syria but also is home to large Arab populations. For that, they owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected the plan as it would have involved the easing of sanctions, which he views as the primary vehicle through which to pressure the Iranian regime to curb its expansionism and renegotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement, from which the USA withdrew in May.

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And if the Israelis were relying on US forces in Syria to intercept any Iranian weapons shipments headed to Hezbollah in Lebanon through Damascus, then the Israelis are going to have to make other arrangements. -Iranian clash in the Gulf, will suffer a severe setback with the US pullout from Syria.

Trump's decision to withdraw sparked the resignations of Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisMissiles strike in Damascus after monthlong pause National security after Mattis should alarm Americans of all political parties Mattis works from Pentagon on Christmas, tells troops: "You hold the line" MORE and special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk.

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