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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 12:16 AM

Turkey Had Legitimate Security Concern in Attacking Syrian Kurds, Pompeo Says

World Oct 9, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria hours after Turkey launched military operations against Syrian Kurds who were fighting ISIS alongside U.S. troops.

In an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Pompeo indicated that the United States does not plan to defend its key partners in the fight against ISIS, the Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces, despite warnings from a bipartisan group of lawmakers that Trump’s decision leaves them vulnerable to possible slaughter. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been threatening to attack the Kurds in northeast Syria for years, both to clear the area of people he perceives as enemies and to make way for Syrian refugees who have been living in Turkey, whom he wants to resettle in the Kurdish-held northeast.

In 2015, U.S. forces partnered with the SDF in the fight against ISIS in northeast Syria.

The SDF, which functions under the Syrian Kurdish military, is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK. Turkey and the United States both designate the group–known as the PKK — as terrorists.



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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 01:36 AM

1. Why couldnt they just secure their border? How does opening a larger battle front secure Turkey.

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Thu Oct 10, 2019, 08:45 AM

2. Turkey wants territory within Syria so they can rehome the Syrian refugees that are in Turkey

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