Friday, 06 December, 2019

US House passes resolution condemning US withdrawal from Syria

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Robin Buchanan | 18 October, 2019, 01:16

"We shouldn't be losing lives over it".

"Do people want us to start shooting at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member?"

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan received Donald Trump's letter, "thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin", the BBC is reporting.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the SDF lost more than 11,000 killed and 23,000 wounded in fighting alongside US troops against ISIS.

The Lafarge cement factory near Kobani was the site of a joint US-French base, which was abandoned on Wednesday as part of a general withdrawal ordered by US President Donald Trump.


Trump says Turkish President Erdogan had been building up troops on the border with Syria for a long time. Her announcement came after media reports cited German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as saying that Berlin would stop selling weapons to Turkey.

He also falsely claimed that the Kurds "are much safer now", despite his recent decision to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria, where the USA had been fighting alongside the Kurds.

The move effectively gave Mr Erdogan the green light to force out the Kurds from the region, in what he calls a "peace operation".

The town was where the USA military and Kurdish fighters first united to defeat the Islamic State group four years ago and holds powerful symbolism for Syrian Kurds and their ambitions of self-rule.

In the White House letter, Trump recommended Erdoğan find a peaceful resolution with the Kurds.


Trump told Erdogan in the letter: "You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy - and I will".

"If Turkey goes into Syria it is between Turkey and Syria", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Turkey and the Syrian fighters it supports are battling for control of two border towns, while Syrian government forces have pressed north, seizing territory that was until recently protected by the United States and its Kurdish partners.

Earlier on Wednesday, President Trump said the U.S. should not be intervening in Turkey's military operation in Syria because it is "not our border", and called the former United States allies the Kurds "no angels".

Erdogan, in a separate speech to Parliament, made clear Turkey wouldn't bow to strain to reach a ceasefire deal and would press ahead with the military operation until Turkish troops attain a depth of around 19 to 22 miles inside Syria.


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