The airstrikes came hours after President Trump ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the area to keep away from getting caught in the middle of the fast-escalating conflict. The announcement represents a major shift in alliances for Syria’s Kurds after they have been abandoned by the U.S., with whom they have been longtime partners within the battle towards the Islamic State group.
The Syrian government stated it might deploy troops alongside the border with Turkey to assist Kurdish fighters in fending of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, the Kurds said.
The dizzying developments reflected the quickly rising chaos that has unfolded within the week since Trump ordered U.S. forces in the area to step aside, clearing the way for the Turkish attack on the Kurdish fighters it considers terrorists.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Sunday all American troops would withdraw from northern Syria because of the increasing danger posed by the fighting.
“We’ve American forces probably caught between two opposing advancing armies, and it is a very untenable scenario,” he stated on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He didn’t say how many would withdraw or where they might go; however, that they represent most of the 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria.
Esper stated that roughly 1,000 troops would be withdrawing from the north of the country. A U.S. official informed Fox News that forces wouldn’t be leaving the country altogether; however, they will be moving southward.