Trump’s Vow To Pull The US Troops From A Syria Strains Alliance With The Kurds
The possible withdrawal of the US troops from Syria has to raise the alarm among the officials involving in the war on Islamic State to say 2,200 fighters remain entrenched in the east, with the alliance built to oust the extremists showing the sign of the crack.
Donald Trump’s surprise announcement late last week US troops will “come out of Syria very soon” has placed further stress on an already troubled partnership between Washington and a Kurdish which is letting the force it has assembling to push Isis from north-east Syria.
Even before the Trump announcement, which is caught policymakers in the Washington off-guard, senior officials say US troops did not have the human resources to finish the war by themselves.
“We are facing with a situation now of 2,200 Isis fighters, who will tough to move, entrenching themselves along the border with Iraq,” one senior official says. “We do not have the numbers, or the force protection to take care of that through ourselves. We need to reinvest in this partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces, and we also need to be mindful of Turkey’s concerns.”
The four-year battle has to destroy much of the so-called “caliphate”, confining the remnants of the Isis to a tract of land along the Euphrates valley near the border with Iraq and decimating the cities of the Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor.
The Kurdish leaders, already troubling through a Turkish assault that the last month drove the Kurds from an enclave in the north-west of the country from which the US did not oppose are also now privately questioning the viability of the alliance fighting Isis.
“They want us to finish what is essential to them, but they won’t concern themselves with what is important to us,” says a senior Kurdish figure, who has to liaise regularly with the US officials. “Let them fight Isis. Let us fight for ourselves. Do they know what they are doing?”
Now, with already wary Kurds having more reason to doubting Washington’s commitment to the war and Kurdish interests, both the sides fear that a well-dug-in the extremist rump can end up remaining, in stark contrast to the stating commitment to destroy the group and its leadership.
The US president’s remarks last Thursday stunning the Department of State, Pentagon and National Security Council officials, who have instead of working on plans to send the additional troops to Syria.
“Let other people take care of it now,” Trump says, contradicting the advice of both his ousting secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and national security adviser, HR McMaster. “We are going back to our country, where we want to be, where we belong.”
The Isis campaign has mainly suspending since in the month of mid-February when Kurdish forces allied under the banner of the SDF that is a US-raising proxy force which is including local Arab fighters that left the north-east to defending Afrin against the Turkish assault. The four-week campaign is letting to Kurdish forces to retreating to the area in which US forces are present, between just west of the Euphrates to the Iraqi border.
There has a little enthusiasm among the Kurdish leaders since then to re-joining the fray against the Isis. The US has confined its role in Syria to defeat the extremists, who have laid siege to the area since in the mid-year 2014. But the region’s Kurds also see the benefit in destroying the group; they have also aiming to advance the goal of having a broader stake in the postwar Syria.
What that involving has stretched to ties between Nato allies Turkey and the US to break the point. Sources have told the Guardian that there was a phone call between Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan aiming at convincing the Turkish president that the US alliance will not encourage the Kurdish ambitions, or have implications for security inside the Turkey, where a four-decade Kurdish insurgency continues.
The fate of the town of Manbij, the westernmost US position in Syria, also featuring in the call, officials says. Erdoğan has threatening to send the Turkish forces to retake the town, setting the scene for a direct clash between the two allies that is the first in the seven-year Syrian war. However, one option which is urgently considering is that Washington will ask the Kurds to withdraw east across the Euphrates, allowing the Ankara to claim it has ousting them.
So, these are the points in describing the Trump’s vow to pull the US troops from a Syria strains alliance with the Kurds.
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