Trump Faces Major Backlash As Troops Are Pulled From Syria

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Trump Faces Major Backlash As Troops Are Pulled From Syria

Jillian Breen, Senior Writer

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This past summer the plan to put an end to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s terrorist reign in Syria was set in motion. Baghdadi, current leader of ISIS and most wanted terrorist in the world was soon going to be hunted down by the U.S. military. The C.I.A. was tipped off by one of Baghdadi’s captured wives and a courier in terms of his whereabouts. Kurdish and Iraqi intelligence worked closely with the C.I.A. to help implement spies, and eventually locate and terminate Baghdadi.

“The Syrian and Iraqi Kurds provided more for the raid than any single country” said one U.S. official.

On this past Saturday, news had spread that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been successfully killed in a U.S. military raid. The events were described very differently according to the President and other military officials. Baghdadi was killed due to a suicide vest he was wearing, which also took the lives of 3 children he was presumably using as human shields. President Trump described the incident as Baghdadi “died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.”

As all of the chaos around the raid was being planned and set in motion, President Trump had ordered to remove a profuse amount of U.S. military from Syria. This meant the raid for Baghdadi was rushed due to Trump’s orders to retreat. Thankfully, the raid was still completed, but the removal of U.S. troops from Syria is causing more chaos and death.

The Kurds, the largest ethnic group without a home country, are currently being relentlessly slaughtered by the Turkish government because of the removal of our troops. The Kurds located in Syria had been close allies with the U.S. and are one of the sole reasons the U.S. military was able to track down Baghdadi. Now, President Trump has just abandoned them despite their honorable efforts. The withdrawal of U.S. troops has also enabled Russian and Syrian forces to move in as well due to the Islamic State still being active in that area of Syria.

What this means for the Kurds is their entire population located in Syria is being put at risk by this move from Trump. Already, Turkish forces have set up checkpoints on highways in northern Syria, killing civilians driving through. Considering the aid and help the Kurds provided the U.S. military during the raid that killed Baghdadi, Trump is doing them not only an incredible disservice, but he is aiding in what might soon become their mass genocide.

Many of Trump’s usual supporters, including Fox’s ‘Fox & Friends’, have expressed their worries and disapproval of this move by Trump, which speaks volume. If Trump’s biggest supporters are against this critical move, then President Trump should completely rethink this action, and rethink it quick. The longer the Syrian border goes unprotected, the more innocent Kurdish and Syrian civilians are put at risk.