US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump has ordered the total withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, an area where Turkish and Kurdish forces are currently facing.
"I talked to the president last night after talking with the rest of the national security team and he told me to begin deliberately withdrawing forces from northern Syria," Esper said in an interview on the Sunday's "Face the Nation" program on the network. of CBS television.
Specifically, Trump ordered the withdrawal of the approximately 1,000 US soldiers remaining in northern Syria, after learning that Turkey intends to expand its attack "further south than originally planned and west," according to Esper.RELATED
In his statements, the Pentagon chief explained that there are signs that the Syrian Democratic Forces (FSD), the militia alliance led by the Kurdosyrians and that he has been an important US ally in his fight against the jihadists of the Islamic State ( ISIS, "is seeking to close an agreement" with the Syrian regime and the Russian government to carry out a counterattack in the north.
The announcement of this complete withdrawal from the north of the country comes two days after Esper promised in a press conference that the United States would not "abandon" its partners in the campaign against ISIS.
The Kurdish authorities have claimed that they have had to reduce the number of troops available to monitor the 12,000 jihadists and about 70,000 relatives of ISIS members who claim to be held in prisons and detention centers, in order to defend themselves against the Turks.
On the other hand, Trump announced today that the United States will impose “powerful sanctions” against Turkey, after the Turkish incursion into the Syrian border becomes effective.
The Turkish Army began the invasion of northern Syria on the 9th, after the United States, an ally of the Kurds in the war against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) announced its withdrawal from the area due to the imminence of the operation, what has been considered a "betrayal" by the Democratic Syrian Forces (FSD), which the Kurds lead.
The invasion reaches almost 480 kilometers of border line controlled by the Kurds, especially in the towns of Ras al Ain and Tal Abiad, where constant aerial and artillery bombardments have been taking place.
(With information from EFE)