Donald Trump has announced the US has defeated the ‘Islamic State’ and will proceed to withdraw all American troops from Syria, while he will keep Iraq troops still deployed.
On Wednesday morning, the President tweeted, “we have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”
We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
This decision has been questioned by many American people who believe leaving Syria will mean to let the country under the influence of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and the Russians.
US troops deployed in the Kurdish region in northern Syria. The partnership with Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters (the Syrian Democratic Forces) was “successful” in terms of defeating ISIS —even though there is still around 30,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq—, but the partnership between the US and the Kurds enraged Turkey, as they have been fighting Turkey for their independence since the 1920’s.
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country might soon start a new military operation against the YPG (or Kurdish Democratic Union Party) in Syria.
Mr Erdogan said that he had discussed his plan with Donald Trump by telephone and that he had given a “positive response”.