Donald Trump’s resolution to tug US forces out of Syria will result in a revival of Islamic State within the nation, Syrian rebels have warned.
The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) mentioned pulling American troops and officers out of its area would have “harmful implications” on worldwide stability.
In a press release, the SDF mentioned: “The White Home’s resolution to withdraw from northern and jap Syria will negatively have an effect on the marketing campaign in opposition to terrorism.
It might additionally “create a political and navy vaccum within the space, leaving its individuals between the claws of hostile events,” it mentioned.
Wednesday’s shock White Home announcement has clearly rattled Washington’s Kurdish allies, who’re its most dependable accomplice in Syria and among the many simplest floor forces battling the Islamic State group.
Kurds in northern Syria mentioned commanders and fighters met late into the evening, discussing their response.
Arin Sheikmos, a Kurdish journalist and commentator, mentioned: “We’ve got each proper to be afraid.”
We’ve got defeated ISIS in Syria, my solely motive for being there in the course of the Trump Presidency.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018
Mr Trump mentioned in a collection of tweets the withdrawal would start “after historic victories in opposition to ISIS”, however others rapidly criticised his declare the “we have now defeated ISIS in Syria”.
UK defence minister Tobias Ellwood was fast to say he “strongly disagreed”, saying in a tweet: “It [ISIS] has morphed into different types of extremism and the risk may be very a lot alive.”
Mr Trump had beforehand mentioned he needed to convey troops residence as quickly as attainable and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders later confirmed troops had already begun returning to the US.