The American withdrawal from northern Syria has sparked anger among Kurdish fighters who were fighting alongside U.S. troops since 2015. Once again, Kurds felt betrayed. Today, a former special forces operator Greg Walker step up into public space and slam Trump’s Syria policy, CNN reported.
Greg Walker, 66, a retired former Army Special Forces soldier who lives in Portland, Oregon, recalls the event in 2004 when he was deployed in Iraq. During the summer, he drove to a checkpoint just outside of Baghdad’s Green Zone with his Kurdish bodyguard, Azaz. When he stepped out of his vehicle, three Iraqi guards approached him and aimed their weapons on him.
In the next moment, he tried to make his way back to the vehicle, when he heard an AK-47 being racked and a hail of cursing in Arabic and Kurdish. He turned to see his bodyguard Azaz facing off with the Iraqis.
“Let us through or I’ll kill you all,” Walker recalled his Kurdish bodyguard telling the Iraqi soldiers, who he described as “terrified”. He thought to himself: “This is the kind of ally and friend I want.” He also added: “I trusted them with my life.”
Today, he and many other active-duty or veteran soldiers who once a time fought alongside Kurds feel sorry for the ongoing situation in northern Syria. All of them feel we could and we need to do more for Kurds, especially after they helped us out to crush Islamic State.
All of them speak with deep gratitude and respect for Kurdish fighters. They have served alongside them through the Iraq war and, more recently, conflicts with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). Some of them stressed out: “It’s like a violation of trust.”
According to Al Jazeera, the White House declined to comment on these opinions.