The U.S withdrawal from Syria has implicated a lot of frustration and anger at the Trump administration’s refusal to support Syrian Kurds facing a Turkish military assault. A wide range of U.S. SOF operators who were served alongside the Kurds since the ISIS problem escalated had expressed their deep concerns about how this will affect the future of the fight against ISIS. These stories come from over half a dozen US military and defense officials who have spoken under the condition of anonymity, CNN reported.
Most of the U.S. military personnel deployed to Syria and defense officials expressed dismay at how the Trump administration has handled the situation. One US official said it is well known that some senior US military officials are livid at how the Kurds have been treated given their role in helping the US fight ISIS.
Another senior American defense official told CNN that Trump’s failure to more forcefully oppose the invasion or do anything to stop the attacks on the Kurds meant President Trump had given Turkey a green light, despite the administration’s public stance that it had consistently opposed the operation.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) “are fighting a force that intends to eliminate their people because we green-lighted their operation,” a senior US defense official told CNN referring to the Turkish military operation codenamed “Operation Peace Spring” which started earlier this month.
Another US military official involved in military operations in Syria said he was “ashamed” of the United State’s actions with regards to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), saying they had failed to defend its one-time ally in the fight against ISIS.
Those claims come as the United States brokered the deal with the Turkish government to pause their military operation and allow the Kurds to withdraw from the Turkish border and to remove artillery. The deal comes out after the US government introduced sanctions to the Turkish officials.