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Staggering American Disaster in Syria

October 13, 2019

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Hevrin Khalaf, 35, was “taken out of her car during a Turkish-backed attack and executed by Turkish-backed mercenary factions”, the political arm of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement today.

The news is most troubling and devasting on a number of fronts.  For Syria as a whole, the Kurds who were our allies and now are being slaughtered, the lack of honor for America, along with the gift President Assad and President Putin has been given by Donald Trump.

Read this tweet from NBC News foreign correspondent Bill Neely.  It is a summation of the disaster taking place in Northeastern Syria, to Kurds, and Putin winning over the United States.

US Def. Sec. claims Turkey is ‘likely to expand its attack further South” than planned & that Kurds are trying to ally with Russia & Assad for help. US misled by 1 NATO ally & now its former ally is hooking up with Russia. Diplomatic failure, almost military humiliation.

The words are stunning due to the fact they reflect events happening today. Defense Secretary Esper made it known that Trump has ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that will effectively cede control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia.

I know it makes no difference to the Trump supporters but for the rest who follow the news and care globally what is taking place matters a great deal.  Recall the U.S. military used our Air Force might to ensure, along with Kurdish support, that Daesh was not in control of the area.  All that effort and use of American might and financing have been tossed aside as if it were no more than an apple core.  One of those places we used our airpower was in Kobani.   Neely tweeted the following.

More reports that Syrian Army troops (that’s Pres. Assad’s forces) will enter Manbij and Kobani areas within 48 hours, by agreement with the Kurdish led forces of SDF.

And then this about an hour later from the above tweet.

If this is true, it would be a huge gain for Pres. Assad, to regain control of Kobani region up to Turkish border. As 100’s of US troops begin pulling out it’s a win for Russia & Iran too. @realDonaldTrump  decision a week ago has had major consequences.

It is galling to watch play out.

Again, let me be clear about a fact I know my readers are aware of.  But we must never forget it as we go about whatever plans await us the remainder of this weekend.  The Kurdish forces were key to breaking the Islamic State’s control of territory in Syria, effectively destroying its self-proclaimed caliphate.  As we go about watching football (not at this home!) or doing lawn chores (at this home) let us not forget people are being executed and removed from their village by force by Turkish forces.  A third of a million Kurds are fleeing today from their homes and villages.

All that shoulder-to-shoulder resolve the Kurds demonstrated for years was undermined.  Trump has repaid that Kurdish effort of blood and treasure by falling to his knees to appease his handler, President Putin.

It is disgraceful.

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