Daniel Halliday
Oct 10 · Last update 23 days ago.

Is the United States wrong to pull out of Syria?

Following the August 2019 deal struck between the United States and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone in northern Syria, US troops have recently begun to be recalled from the country. However the situation remains possibly one of the most controversial of Trump’s presidency, as Turkey has already started bombing the Syrian-Iraqi border ahead of a planned invasion into a Kurdish YPG controlled area, a group who were formerly close allies to the US but are recognized as terrorists or terrorist associates by Turkey. With this in mind, was it a mistake to pull out of Syria so quickly?
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No, putting right the illegal wrongs of Syria

Trump was right to remove troops from Syria, he ran on a platform of getting troops home, and by doing so he is addressing involvement in the Syrian civil war never being authorised by Congress, which represents a defiance of both US and international law. Even more convoluted is the fact that the CIA are guilty of inadvertently arming terrorists in and around Syria, make the efficacy of the US role in Syria hugely questionable, and likewise the US has a horrible track record of involvement in regime change wars, routinely condemning regions invaded to decades of failure and suffering. Trump is justified also in being able to invest military money back into the US were it is needed, also allowing Turkey the opportunity to put right a chequered history of international relations, while still guaranteeing some degree of safety with economic sanctions. The US should aggressively focus on on grown problems, while supporting positive international diplomacy as they have proven many times over to be ineffective at acting militarily.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2018/12/22/trump-was-right-pull-out-syria-afghanistan-this-is-what-he-should-do-next theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-america-armed-terrorists-in-syria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change

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Yes, Trump has sold Kurdish Syrians out

This move by Donald Trump was widely seen as jeopardizing the relationship with, and even the lives of, Syrian Kurds that have fought alongside the US in Syria. Turkey’s response to YPG forces (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or 'People's Defense Units') has been overtly aggressive in recent history, and the country has a very cruel history in its treatment of Kurds. This has caused a wide range of criticism and a backlash against Trump’s erratic and hurried exit policy from Syria, both domestically and internationally.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/trump-syria-move-delivers-blow-credibility-worldwide-191008232132422.html

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