Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria and leave the Kurdish allies of America for a Turkish invasion because & # 39; they did not help us with Normandy & # 39 ;.
The president insisted that he love the Kurds – who led the fight against ISIS together with the US – but added that they had acted in their own interest in the fight against ISIS and it was time for them to continue the fight alone to put.
Trump also suggested that he is not worried about ISIS hunters being held by the Kurds escaping amid Turkish attacks, because they are going back to Europe.
Donald Trump defended his decision to relinquish the Kurdish allies of America in Syria from a Turkish invasion because & # 39; they didn't help us in Normandy & # 39;
The president said that although he liked the Kurds, they had fought ISIS in their own interest and suggested that it was time for them to continue the fight alone
The Syrian Democratic forces led by Kurdish reported on Wednesday several Turkish bombings against their strongholds, saying that several civilians were killed
Citizens flee with their property amid a Turkish bombing raid on the northeastern city of Syria, Ras al-Ain in Hasakeh province on Wednesday evening
"They want to go there, they want to go back to their homes, but Europe didn't want them," he said Wednesday evening.
& # 39; For months we could have given it to them, they could have had a trial, they could have done what they wanted, but as usual it's not reciprocal.
& # 39; That's all I want, I don't want a head start, I just want reciprocity … It's not a fair deal for the United States. & # 39;
Trump spoke only a few hours after Turkey began bombing Kurdish strongholds in northern Syria and troops marched across the border for a & # 39; peace walk & # 39; in the north of the country.
It comes after Trump has agreed to withdraw US troops from the region and transfer security operations to Turkey during a routine call with President Erdogan.
Erdogan says he wants to expel terrorists – by which he means the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces – away from the Turkish border, so that he can resettle about 2 million Syrian refugees there.
Donald Trump also suggested that he is not worried about ISIS hunters escaping from Kurdish prisons because & # 39; they are going back to Europe & # 39; (photo, Turkish command & # 39; s in Syria)
Turkish soldiers drive towards the Syrian border last night while the first ground troops prepare to enter Kurdish territory over the border
The howitzers of the Turkish forces deployed in the Syrian city of Tell Abyad, as part of the Turkish operation Peace Spring on Thursday
Critics, however, say that the movement will destabilize the region, lead to the killing of civilians and cause a revival of ISIS.
Of particular interest are the prison camps managed by the SDF, which contain around 10,000 ISIS hunters, of which around 2,500 foreigners – mainly from Europe.
According to Trump's plan, Turkey would take responsibility for these prisoners.
& # 39; The Kurds are fighting for their country & # 39 ;, Trump told reporters in the White House Roosevelt room for a briefing on corporate deregulation.
& # 39; Like someone wrote today in a very, very powerful article, they didn't help us in World War II, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example.
& # 39; They mentioned names of different battles. But they are there to help us with their country and that is something else & # 39;
The article to which Trump seems to refer is written by the conservative Kurt Schlichter for the town hall.
Syrian opposition hunters supported by Ankara are heading for the northern border of Syria on Thursday, a high-caliber machine gun mounted on the back of their truck
Syrian opposition hunters supported by Turkey are going to Tel Abyad on Thursday towards Syria in Akcakale in the province of Sanliurfa – Turkey has launched a broad attack on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria, with intensive bombardment followed by a ground offensive made possible by the withdrawal of American troops. troops
Schlichter took a strong position against leaving the Kurds the last time Trump drove the idea last December, but seems to have changed his mind since then.
Despite his support for Erdogan during their phone call, Trump has since said that attacking the Kurds is a & # 39; bad idea & # 39; finds and warned about & # 39; a great economic prize & # 39; if Turkey & # 39; Syrian refugees and Kurds do not treat humanely & # 39 ;.
However, he refused to be drawn on exactly what his red lines would be.
Trump added that Turkey had committed itself to & # 39; ensuring that there is no humanitarian crisis – and we will hold them to this commitment & # 39 ;.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said Thursday morning that they had hit 181 targets east of the Euphrates River since the raid began.
The SDF said that Turkish war aircraft & # 39; huge panic & # 39; when they attacked the area attacked by Kurdish territory and claimed that the bombing had killed and wounded civilians.
Video footage released by the Turkish Ministry of Defense shows & # 39; hero & # 39; command & # 39; s moving through fields under cover of darkness and shooting rounds after Operation Peace Spring was launched on Wednesday afternoon.
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