WASHINGTON — In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria.
Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be a terrorist insurgency, and has long sought to end American support for the group. But the Kurdish fighters, which are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., have been the United States’ most reliable partner in fighting the Islamic State in a strategic corner of northern Syria.
Now, Mr. Trump’s decision goes against the recommendations of top officials in the Pentagon and the State Department who have sought to keep a small troop presence in northeast Syria to continue operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, and to act as a critical counterweight to Iran and Russia.
Slightly disagree with parts of this. Yes, Turkey is a NATO ally, but they are not truly our friends. They have conducted various levels of subversion on almost every effort of ours over the past 6 years that it's not even funny. The Kurds, on the other hand, put us in a weird spot. They were there, ready to go when we needed a force willing to fight immediately. But they fail to take the steps to legitimize so that we can champion their cause on the world stage. I do agree its not our job to protect them, but I do think we have a slight (ever so slight) obligation to support them in their pursuit of existence. I like holding Turkey at bay, supporting the Kurds indirectly and holding talks with all parties involved. Are we ready to leave Syria? yes, when it comes to the war against ISIS. Do we gain an advantage by staying in Syria when it comes to other adversaries? absolutely. Guess the big wigs need to bet on what the next giant move will be from the regional players.I'm totally fine with this move. It's not our job to protect Syrian Kurds in Syria. Those forces were co-combatants of convenience. Turkey is a far more important partner, and an actual ally of the US. Let Ankara absorb the blood and treasure of occupying Syria and combating Iranian, Russian, and Islamist proxies.