Trump makes major blunder in Northern Syria

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Trump makes major blunder in Northern Syria

In May of 2017, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, meets with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the White House. In October of 2019, Trump had a phone call with the President of Turkey, whose army is to begin an offensive into Northern Syria. After the call, Trump announced that the U.S. will be removing troops from Northern Syria.

In May of 2017, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, meets with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the White House. In October of 2019, Trump had a phone call with the President of Turkey, whose army is to begin an offensive into Northern Syria. After the call, Trump announced that the U.S. will be removing troops from Northern Syria.

Photo courtesy of: Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons

In May of 2017, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, meets with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the White House. In October of 2019, Trump had a phone call with the President of Turkey, whose army is to begin an offensive into Northern Syria. After the call, Trump announced that the U.S. will be removing troops from Northern Syria.

Photo courtesy of: Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of: Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons

In May of 2017, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, meets with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the White House. In October of 2019, Trump had a phone call with the President of Turkey, whose army is to begin an offensive into Northern Syria. After the call, Trump announced that the U.S. will be removing troops from Northern Syria.

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Recently, President Donald Trump has declared the removal of U.S. troops in northern Syria and claims that he is not taking any stance. However, the president is in fact taking a stance by abandoning the relationship between the United States and the Syrian Kurds, who have been allies for years in deterring terrorist activity in the Middle East.

President Trump has announced this move after a phone call with the President of Turkey, whose army is to begin an offensive into Northern Syria. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan and his forces have not been so kind to the patriotic Kurdish troops, demanding that they be removed from Northern Syria. In addition, the Turkish support amounted to overnight bombings just outside of the Syrian safe zone. With no troops, no armed support and no air support, Turkish forces are no longer on the roster of countries taking part in overseeing coalition air support in Syria.

While the move by President Trump to pull forces from Syria would reduce the bill on the average American taxpayer, the possible damage outweighs the positives. Firstly, the Kurds will be forced to align with Iran. Also, this move could potentially mean the return of ISIS in Northern Syria. Then, if these were not enough to deter such a move, the U.S. could expect a likely deterioration of the relationship between the U.S. Congress and Turkey. 

Trump clearly had the average American taxpayer in mind when executing this move, which is important, because the U.S. is not the world police, and Americans should not have to pay their hard-earned dollars to support a worldwide police force. However, Trump should have found a better way to transition from strongly supporting the Kurds with U.S. troops to complete removal of U.S. support in Northern Syria.