The White House announced Sunday night that Turkey would soon invade Northern Syria while US troops stay on the sidelines.
The development raises questions on the future of the region’s US-allied Kurdish fighters, who helped American forces fight Islamic State terrorists. However, they are considered a terrorist group by Turkey.
The Kurdish militia in Syria mentioned a Turkish attack might reverse the gains made against ISIS.
President Trump was made aware of Turkey’s plans in a Sunday phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the White House statement mentioned.
Turkey will be moving forward beside its long-planned operation within Northern Syria. The US Armed Forces won’t assist or be concerned within the operation.
Moving forward, “Turkey will now be liable for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past 2years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the US.”
The US presence in Syria has been a contentious concern in the Trump administration.
Last December, the president announced he needed a full withdrawal of troops from the country.
Shortly after, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who strongly opposed the move, resigned from office.
Despite Trump’s intentions, last March, it was revealed the US was readying to keep 1,000 US troops in Syria.