All US troops stationed in northern Syria have been ordered to leave because of the Turkish military offensive against the Kurds. R. and 1000 soldiers would leave Syria, only a small contingent of 150 US soldiers remain stationed on the South Syrian base Al-Tanf, said a US representative of the news agency AFP. US President Donald Trump had ordered the withdrawal the day before.
"We are implementing the order," said the US representative. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced on Sunday the withdrawal of up to 1,000 US troops from northern Syria after Trump ordered it after talks with his security cabinet.
160,000 people on the run
Turkey had launched its long-threatened military offensive against the Kurdish militia YPG on Wednesday. This happened after US soldiers had already partially withdrawn from the Syrian border area. With this step, Trump cleared the way for the mission. More than 160,000 civilians have been forced to flee.
Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops again. "Do people really believe that we should go to war against NATO member Turkey?" He tweeted. The US government is pressing for the termination of the Turkish offensive and has repeatedly warned the NATO partner. "Big sanctions on Turkey come!" Tweeted Trump.
The SDF capture thousands of IS fighters in some improvised prisons. According to the Kurdistan Authority and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in London, 780 IS supporters have escaped from a camp in the course of fighting between Turkish troops and Kurdish militias. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of "disinformation".
Because the Kurds lost their most important ally with the withdrawal of US troops, the Kurdish autonomy administration and the Syrian regime agreed that the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will support the Kurdish militias.