President Trump Withdraws US Troop Support for America’s Kurdish Allies in Syria

With total surprise, Trump announces removal of some 1000 US support forces who were supporting Kurdish troops in their suppression of ISIS insurgents in northern Syria. Apparently, after a phone call with the Turkish president, Trump gives Turkey the go-ahead to invade northern Syria. Americans of all political stripes and others around the world who saw the Kurds as long-term allies were flabbergasted by his action. Trump’s claim that he wanted to end American involvement in wars abroad ran counter to a simultaneous dispatch of 3000 US support forces to Saudi Arabia to help that regime protect its oil fields against foreign attack. The Kurds, to save themselves against Turkish aggression, align immediately with the Syrian regime, a Turkish foe, asserting the notion again that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”