President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops from northern Syria has provoked the Turkish military to initiate an intense assault on US-allied Kurdish fighters in the region on Wednesday, October 9th, AFP reported.
Trump then called the Turkish aggression on Syria a “bad idea,” adding that Turkey had committed to “ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place – and we will hold them to this commitment.” He also condemned the attack, insisting that Washington does not endorse it.
However, the decision was not welcomed by senior members of his own Republican Party, who think this might affect US relations with their allies in Kurdistan.
In response to criticism facing his decision, Trump said that “Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all Isis fighters being held captive remain in prison and that Isis does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form."
"We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely," he added.
A later statement by Trump confused whether or not the US should stand in the way of a Turkish assault, while at the same time considering the imposition of economic punishment if Turkey oversteps the bounds of international law and invades Syrian Kurdistan in northern Syria.
"If Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off-limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!)," Trump tweeted on Monday, October 7th.
However, on Tuesday, October 8th, Trump tweeted, “We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,” then adding that “unnecessary fighting by Turkey will be devastating to their economy and their very fragile currency. We are helping the Kurds financially/weapons!” Washington Times reported.
Trump later confirmed that pulling troops from the Syria-Turkey border carries political significance and is part of an initiative to bring back home all US military engaged in conflicts across the Middle East, according to AFP.