The Turkish government plans to invade Northern Syria and take into custody all ISIS fighters captured over the past two years.
The White House released a statement late Sunday, saying President Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erogdan by telephone to discuss the plans and the U.S. will remove all of its forces from the ‘immediate area.’
‘Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operating into Northern Syria,’ the statement reads. ‘The Unites States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ”Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.’
The White House released a statement Sunday, saying President Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erogdan by telephone to discuss the plans for Turkey to invade Northern Syria(both leaders pictured in June 2019)
The White House also confirmed that Turkey plans to take into custody all ISIS fighters captured over the past two years that European powers have refused to take in.
‘The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused.’
‘The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area capture over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial ”Caliphate” by the United States.’
More than 1,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed in northeastern Syria but will not longer be present during the invasions.
The U.S. soldiers work closely with the Kurdish YPG, which leads the Syrian Democratic Forces in the regions.
Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a meeting in Washington, D.C. in November.
‘The Unites States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation,’ the statement reads
The U.S. announcement will likely be seen as a long-feared abandonment of Kurdish allies who bore the brunt of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State militants.
The official Twitter account of the Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday night that it had fulfilled its commitment to the U.S. proposal for the ‘security mechanism’ along the border and says that any Turkish attack will ‘reverse the successful effort to defeat #ISIS.
‘But Erdogan’s threats are aimed to change the security mechanism into a mechanism of death, displace our people & change the stable & secure region into a zone of conflict and permanent war,’ the SDF tweeted, warning that a Turkish military invasion would make Syria ‘a permanent conflict area.’
The official Twitter account of the Syrian Democratic Forces said Sunday night that it had fulfilled its commitment to the U.S. proposal for the ‘security mechanism’ along the border and says that any Turkish attack will ‘reverse the successful effort to defeat #ISIS
For months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch the military assault against Kurdish forces across the border he views as a threat to his country.
Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds, sending a troubling message to American allies across the globe.
One of the ISIS soldiers expected to be moved to Turkey custody is British Jihadi Jack Letts, who was pictured just days ago.
Dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’, he was filmed among dozens of fellow Islamic State (IS) prisoners, also in orange jumpsuits, who have been captured by Kurdish militia.
The 23-year-old Muslim convert from Oxfordshire, who declared himself an ‘enemy of Britain’ and fled to the Middle East to join IS, has been stripped of his UK citizenship.
Muslim convert Jack Letts, from Oxfordshire, has been pictured gaunt and lying on the floor in an overcrowded jail in northern Syria
His mother Sally Lane pleaded for Letts to be allowed to return and face trial in this country so that he can be rescued from the conditions in which he is being held, but the Home Office dismissed her plea.
Seeing the first images of Letts in his cell since he was taken prisoner two years ago, she told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It’s heart-rending to see your son like this and to feel so completely powerless.
‘We have been pressing the Red Cross for months to tell us what the jail is really like, but they always refuse, saying that to release this information would jeopardize their access.’