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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 04:04 PM

The Guardian view on Syria and Trump: a disaster, still being made

Source: The Guardian

The Guardian view on Syria and Trump: a disaster, still being made

The US president was warned about the consequences of betraying the Kurds. Now he can see them, and he still doesn’t care

Sun 13 Oct 2019 18.17 BST
Last modified on Sun 13 Oct 2019 20.15 BST

“Total disaster,” wrote the former US anti-Islamic State envoy, Brett McGurk, on Sunday, summarising the events of the past few days. Donald Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish partners in north-east Syria and wave in Turkish forces was made so abruptly that parts of his own administration were taken by surprise. The grim consequences have arrived with equal speed. But they were widely predicted.

First came the humanitarian catastrophe: around 130,000 people are said to have fled Turkey’s offensive already. Second came allegations from a human rights monitor that nine civilians, including a prominent Kurdish politician, have been executed by Turkish-backed militias. Third came reports that at least 750 people with suspected Islamic State links have fled the Ain Issa camp after Turkish shelling nearby.

Turkey draws no distinction between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the PKK, responsible for a four-decade domestic insurgency. Its stated aim is to secure a buffer zone, and resettle Syrian refugees there. But the US defence secretary, Mark Esper, now says that Turkey is likely to attack further south and west than planned; the estimated 1,000 US troops in Syria are accordingly being withdrawn from the country’s north to protect them. “Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border,” Mr Trump crowed on Twitter, as though he had not triggered the conflict’s outbreak.

Impeachment proceedings and the 2020 election have fuelled the US president’s longstanding desire to extract troops from the region. Asked about the potential threat posed by Isis-related prisoners, he shrugged: “They’re going to be escaping to Europe.”


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/13/the-guardian-view-on-syria-and-trump-a-disaster-still-being-made

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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 04:25 PM

1. The most obvious explanation

Is that Trump serves someone other than us.

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