Donald Trump faces the rejection of the International Community after withdrawing last week's US troops from northern Syria allowing a Turkish military offensive against the Kurds, Washington's key allies in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).
Turkey launched last Wednesday the assault that President Recep Tayyib Erdogan announced just a few hours after Trump announced that the affected US soldiers had "left" the area, exposing the Kurds, which Ankara considers a terrorist threat.RELATED
The former head of US forces in the Middle East, General Joseph Votel, accused the US president of abandoning these allies, the hard core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) that were crucial in the fight against the Islamic State group (Isis).
Offensive. Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last week against Kurdish positions following the US withdrawal from the region.
"This policy of abandonment threatens to undo five years of combat against Isis and will seriously undermine the credibility and reliability of Americans in all future battles in which we will need strong allies," said the general.
"The SDS released tens of thousands of square kilometers and millions of people from the clutches of the IS. During the fighting, they recorded 11,000 victims," he recalled. By comparison, Votel said, only six soldiers and two US civilian personnel lost their lives. .
Donald Trump had long been warning that he wanted to end the involvement of the United States in Syria. He also defended that his country could not do anything against hate that profess Turks and Kurds.
Last week, he suggested that he had helped the Kurds sufficiently by spending "considerable sums," especially to provide them with weapons. "That said, we love the Kurds," he added.
Despite the arguments of the president, Mark Hertling, former commander of the US ground forces in Europe, said the decision of Donald Trump made "presage a future disaster for the United States."
"The SDF Kurds – our trusted exalts in the fight against Isis – are being attacked by a NATO ally, Turkey," he wrote on Twitter. "The repercussions for the United States and NATO will be lasting and will be detrimental to the security of Europe and the world."
Millions of Syrians fled to Europe after the advance of the caliphate of the terrorist network.
According to Pentagon officials, the Kurds were better trained than Turkish or Iraqi soldiers, for example, when carrying out campaigns to snatch important cities from Isis.
"When the Iraqi army sank, it was the Kurds who faced the attack of Isis against our civilization, not us or the Turks," recalled Rubén Gallego, a Democratic congressman and ex-combatant in Iraq.
"Leaving the Kurds is another clear reminder that the‘ United States first ’means‘ the United States alone ’," he tweeted.
"Apart from Israel, our strongest and most important ally in the Middle East were the Kurds … and we chose to lose that," he lamented, stressing that the United States will no longer be able to boast a certain degree of trust from its allies.
Republican senator Martha Mcally, an expilot of the air force that was deployed in the Middle East six times, considered that the decision to clear Turkey was simply and plainly "bad."
"The SDS, our Kurdish allies, paid the highest price," he told Fox Radio. "It was they who overthrew the caliphate" of Isis.
Still, some members of the US military support the president's willingness to withdraw soldiers from endless conflicts.
According to Dan Caldwell, from the Concerned Veterans for America lobby, all Trump wants is to put United States interests first.
"We are not interested in seeing each other in the middle of an old conflict between Turkey and the Kurds of Syria, which precedes the emergence of Isis and the civil war in Syria," he said.
According to Turkish media, Ankara seeks to take control of a strip of territory between Ras al Ain and Tal Abyad, 120 km long and about 30 km deep.
The stated objective of the operation is to move Syria's main Kurdish militia away from the border.
Without aviation it seems difficult for the Kurds to resist the Turkish army.
"The SDS cannot defend the entire border between Syria and Turkey," said Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for New American Security.
"The question is how far Turkey can go before being stopped by regional and international actors," he added. US President Donald Trump hoped that his Turkish counterpart would act in a "rational" and "human" way, and threatened to "paralyze" the Turkish economy if the offensive became "unfair."
However, it was the withdrawal of US troops from the sector that opened the way for this incursion.
The offensive was condemned by several Western countries, concerned about the uncertainty of the fate of thousands of jihadist prisoners of the SDS.
French President Emmanuel Macron asked Turkey on Thursday to "end as soon as possible" to his offensive "Turkey assumes the risk of helping Isis rebuild his caliphate," the French president said.
Middle East crisis weakens Trump
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, returned Thursday to the electoral campaign in Minnesota, after the two most difficult weeks of his presidency with the threat of a political trial in Washington and with the rejection of the Republicans for abandoning the Kurds In Syria.
With an eye on the November 3, 2020 elections, Trump chose for his return the city of Minneapolis, in a state that has always voted for Democrats in presidential elections since the early 1970s, but where he almost dethroned Hillary Clinton in 2016. "I think I can win in Minnesota," the tycoon said.
Trump also faces an open war with the Democrats over the threat of a impeachment process in full investigation that could make him the third president in history undergoing a "political trial" after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.
Trump chose to face the opposition, refusing to cooperate with Congress and opening a period of great uncertainty that should put US institutions to the test.
But the strategy is not necessarily giving it good results: a Fox News poll on Wednesday night showed that 51% of Americans are inclined to dismiss the Republican president, a nine-point jump compared to July. And this figure is increasing across the political spectrum: among Democrats (85% vs. 74% in July), among independents (39% vs. 36% in July) and among Republicans (13% vs. 8% in July).
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