first published on October 24, 2019 by Will
President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that his pullout from Syria was a decisive military victory and also announced that sanctions against Turkey have been lifted.
Trump did state that some US troops would remain in Syria to defend SDF-captured oilfields. The oilfields he’s referring to are the Khusham oil fields, where US forces wiped out dozens of Russian “advisors” with drone and F-22 strikes when they tried capturing the airfield from American and Kurdish troops.
Trump announced sanctions will be lifted against Turkey, which were imposed just days ago for their violent incursion into Syria to attack the Kurds, citing a successful ceasefire. Although the current ceasefire was brokered by Russia, Trump took full credit for it.
Turkey will likely not adhere to the ceasefire. They will pull their conventional uniformed troops back but continue their brutal onslaught of the Kurdish people using their TFSA jihadist proxies.
Just days ago, the US announced that the troops pulled from Syria into Iraq will continue carrying out anti-ISIS operations from Iraqi soil. However, Iraq had not given the US permission to bring thousands of additional troops into the country, and gave them a month to vacate the nation.
Incredibly, the Trump administration’s special envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition James Jeffrey stated he was completely blindsided by Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Trump’s pullout decision appears to hinged solely on a phone call between himself and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.