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What Exactly Is Trump Getting For Killing The Kurds?

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Donald Trump just proved once again why the United States under his regime cannot be trusted.

In what the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and partner Kurdish militia, YPG, have characterized as a "blatant betrayal," Trump decided back in December to announce pulling American soldiers out of Northern Syria, abandoning the Kurdish forces whom we have for the past five years provided military assistance necessary to help protect themselves and others from ISIS's proliferation.

U.S. troops began withdrawing Monday, following a telephone correspondence between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during which Erdoğan out-negotiated Trump, according to a National Security source reporting to Newsweek.

On Wednesday, Erdoğan warned Turkish forces would be crossing into Syria "shortly," adding on Twitter:

"The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area."

Yet Turkey has an ulterior objective: Erdoğan has publically vowed to assault the Kurds, our ally, claiming they pose a national security threat.

Turkey is no friend to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially after Saudi journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi was brutally tortured and murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

But Trump has pledged his fealty to Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which complicates his relationship with Erdoğan.

In addition to Trump himself, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is also cozy with the Saudis and the Qataris due to a real estate deal they made last year.

Further complicating it is the fact that we did not extradite Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in Pennsylvania since the 1990s and was involved in an aborted coup against Erdoğan in 2016. Former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was expected to accomplish this while he was working as a Turkish foreign agent.

No one (or at least few) expects the United States to remain in Syriaor anywhere elseindefinitely. Eventually we ought to allow sovereign countries to handle their own affairs.

So isn't Trump's withdrawal, no matter how messy, ultimately a positive move?

If done properly, with diplomacy, insight, forethought, patience, compromise, and enough humility to reach out to those who admittedly know more than he does, yes.

But Trump possesses none of those qualities, at least from what we've seen over the past two and a half years.

Extricating ourselves from such a quagmire requires more than a whimsical presidential fiat, especially since those who knew of Trump's impending decision warned the Kurds would be slaughtered if we retreated.

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Whatever Trump does or doesn't do does not change the fact that the US is in Syria against international law, the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and the Nuremberg Principles.

The US is not in Syria to "defeat ISIS", it is widely known and acknowledged that the US along with KSA, UAE and Turkey created ISIS and the other terrorist groups in Syria. It was Russia's legal military aid to Syria along with Iran-backed Hezbollah (also legally in Syria) which defeated ISIS.

The Kurds are another victim of US treachery. The US promised them a homeland if they would help the US in its ultimate goal of overthrowing Bashar al-Assad. The ultimate goal was to dismember Syria, as the US, Israel, KSA, Turkey and the Kurds have long wanted to do.

Just goes to prove once again that one persons freedom fighter is another person's terrorist. In this case the US was using the Kurds as "freedom fighters", and creating terrorists against Assad and Turkey.

The US always abandons its pawns. It is not the first time the US has double crossed the Kurds. The best thing the Kurds could do now is broker a deal with Assad to drive the Turks and Americans out.

P.S. Turkey will learn again the lesson that it is easier to start a war, than to win one. How many times have we heard that a war is going to be a "cakewalk". Somebody ask MbS how his "quick victory" US-backed genocidal war with Yemen is going!

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Perfectly stated! The hope is, as you point out, that Assad brokers a mutual protection deal with the Kurds.

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Thanks John. I think Trump has set a trap for Erdogan and now he has fallen into it. He has been a thorn in the side of the US, Israel and KSA for years. The US was behind an attempted coup 3 years ago. We shall see.

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Putin wanted the US out of Syria and trump did as he was told.

The question is why?

The 'stopping endless wars' justification is laughable since only 50 soldiers were removed.

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Indeed. My crystal ball reveals the following: All of the parties are trying to figure out how to lock up the oil. The US wanted to continue stealing it for as long as possible to fund the black arts, but Turkey had already promised to hand out an eventual ass kicking if the US stayed, hence the Russian s400s, and now possible SU24s, etc.

The Kurdish representatives would like to have their own state, but a source of oil revenue to further their corruption would be all right as well...duped again. Plus they allowed the Russians, Syrians and Iranians corner to them into a nice compact attackable area.

Turkey's Erdogan still fancies past days of empire and objects to poorly drawn borders. His economic redevelopment project to save Europe at the expense of Syria and its oil is just wonderful isn't it? Meanwhile crickets from the Russians and Iranians - A fate accomplished? The Syrians are pissed of course and wondering how in the f*ck can the Turks waltz into Syria and setup shop under the pretext of creating a buffer for Turkey while obviously appropriating all them there many thousands of barrels of oil? How much oil do the Turks want? Will they leave as "promised"?

The US appears to be rotating toward Iraq for Operation Iran leaving monkey wrenches in Syria's northeast to remain unresolved as long as possible by US adversaries. They appear to be trying to get setup before next summer when the Russian s500 will drop into Iran...and tthe Chinese are in the process of establishing production and R&D with the Russians on the next version of the s500.

Today there was a chorus of EU countries threatening Turkey...very strange for punk asses to do that, especially Sweden. Looks like armament sales are about to take a dive for the west. Do they sound shrill? Frantic?

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