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Turkey's operation is aimed at clearing the US-backed Kurdish militia -- the People's Protection Units (YPG) -- away from Turkey's border.

www-m.cnn.com/2019/10/07/pol…
'A huge mistake'

The announcement is a major blow to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which the United States relied upon heavily as the most effective fighting force against ISIS and the reaction from Kurds so far has been one of anger.

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Allowing Turkey to move into northern Syria is one of the most destabilising moves we can do in the Middle East.

The Kurds will never trust America again.

They will look for new alliances or independence to protect themselves.

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct…
The president's decision has taken allies both at home and abroad by complete surprise.

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Security experts on the region and former U.S. officials are calling the decision harmful and a gift to America's adversaries, while some members of the Kurdish forces on the ground in Syria are calling it betrayal.

cnbc.com/2019/10/07/tru…
Though he did not provide details, the Netanyahu-Putin conversation is believed to have dealt with the changing dynamics in Syria resulting from the White House's dramatic announcement on Sunday.

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The U.S. withdrawal plays into the hands of the Islamic State group, Damascus and Moscow, and the announcement left Trump's own Defense Department "completely stunned,"

newsweek.com/exclusive-offi…
“The US’s contemptible retreat and Turkey’s illegal land-grab represent the final collapse of western policy in Syria”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
The country has now been split in its control and a US withdrawal will leave Kurdish militia, Turkish forces, and Syria's government to scramble for control.

businessinsider.com/trump-syria-de…
"Last night's announcement that the United States would be abandoning the Kurds is another stark reminder that 'American First' means 'America Alone,'"

businessinsider.com/military-veter…
"The Department of Defense made clear to Turkey — as did the President — that we do not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria. The U.S. Armed Forces will not support, or be involved in any such operation,"

nbcnews.com/politics/natio…
The military, remembering Trump’s December order out of Syria and subsequent reversal, is waiting to learn if Trump will follow through with withdrawal this time.

thedailybeast.com/kurds-have-bee…
“The US is withdrawing its troop presence from northern Syria, giving the green light to a Turkish offensive”

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct…
Turkey wasted no time in moving troops to key points on its border with Syria Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to mitigate any u-turn from the White House over the US withdrawal of troops from the country.

businessinsider.com/turkey-syria-i…
However, experts warned that the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and a looming Turkish invasion expected to start any day, would be a gift for the remnants of the terror group, which thrives in the vacuum created by instability and violence.

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"The Turkish military is shelling one of our points on #SereKaniye Border with Turkey. There were no injuries to our forces. We didn't respond to this unprovoked attack. We are prepared to defend the people and the people of NE #Syria,"

newsweek.com/turkey-attack-…
“Vice-president says Ankara will not be ‘controlled by threats’ as Donald Trump changes tone on US withdrawal”

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct…
The critics warned that a rushed withdrawal could open a new front in Syria’s complex war, undo gains made against Islamic State and betray a military partner that had lost 11,000 fighters in that campaign.
“This policy abandonment threatens to undo five years’ worth of fighting against ISIS and will severely damage American credibility and reliability in any future fights where we need strong allies.”

theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria is a pivot into a broader retreat that Republicans have been pushing against for months.

businessinsider.com/trumps-syria-r…
An assault became possible after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that American troops would withdraw from Syria—a move that essentially abandoned America's longtime allies in the fight against ISIS.

us-m.cnn.com/2019/10/09/pol…
“Acting on impulse, the president took a complicated issue and made it dramatically worse – making the US again look incompetent and unreliable”

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Despite all of this, removing the US military presence at some point might actually be the right call.

But not like this, and not with these consequences.
“If Trump insists on withdrawing U.S. forces now before conditions on the ground are sufficiently stable, he will clear the way for ISIS.”

nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…
This was the exact scenario that put the Pentagon and State Department into damage control mode the last time the president declared that the terror organization had been destroyed, in a tweet in December 2018.
And it’s what precipitated the resignation of James Mattis as defense secretary due to divergent views on how to best protect U.S. interests.
"We call upon our people, of all ethnic groups, to move toward areas close to the border with Turkey to carry out acts of resistance during this sensitive historical time,"

foxnews.com/world/turkey-s…
In its call for “general mobilization,” the Kurds also urged the international community to live up to its responsibilities as "a humanitarian catastrophe might befall our people" in the region.
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane warned a military incursion into Syria by Turkey could cause the American-ally Kurds to flee, leaving thousands of ISIS prisoners unguarded.

foxnews.com/media/turkey-s…
The idea of a U.S. president swinging into action in response to a phone call with Erdogan is understandably repugnant given that Turkish president’s repugnant authoritarian tendencies.

lobelog.com/the-shortsight…
“This is an ISIS city – 70,000 people cannot be controlled. We have only enough guards to protect from outside attack,”

independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…
Turkey said it began a military operation against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, days after the Trump administration announced the US was pulling troops from the region.

businessinsider.com/turkey-launche…
Turkish warplanes and artillery struck Kurdish militia positions in several towns on Wednesday after the United States pulled back its troops from the Turkey-Syria frontier following a decision by President Donald Trump.

businessinsider.com/kurdish-fighte…
US officials have been warning for months against losing focus on Islamic State, which they believe could again become a potent insurgency.
The White House announced that US troops would move out the way and would not support or be involved in the operation.

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"We have extraordinary leverage with Erdogan: why wouldn't the President get a deal with Turkey before withdrawing US troops?"

“This war will destabilize the region, and possibly allow ISIS to regain power in the area."
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