Here are the 5 major players that will feel the impact from Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria
- President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that US troops would soon be pulling out of northeastern Syria.
- The White House said in a late-night statement that the move was prompted by a phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Trump, citing the cost of maintaining a presence in the fractured country and Turkey's desire to intervene in Kurdish-held areas.
- The country has now been split in its control and a US withdrawal will leave Kurdish militia, Turkish forces, and Syria's government to scramble for control.
- Here are all the major players that will be impacted by Trump's decision.
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President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that US troops would soon be pulling out of northeastern Syria, a move that observers say could put the United States' Kurdish allies in jeopardy and pave the way for a major Turkish assault."Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria," the White House said in a late-night statement. "The United 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." Advertisement
The statement added that the US asked its Europeans allies for support in retrieving foreign ISIS fighters from holding in Syria 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," the White House said, adding that Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the last two years.Here are all the major players that will be impacted by the decision:
US troops, currently numbering around 1,000
Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the KurdsAdvertisement
The Turkish armed forces
Syria's government, led by Bashar Al Assad and backed by Russia, Iran, and China.Advertisement
Islamic State prisoners
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