Turkey— Statement

As of recent, President Trump and his administration have been pulling troops out of Syria, hoping to reduce our involvement in the Middle East. Following the removal of troops, Turkey, a close ally of the U.S., began an incursion on the Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.), a Kurdish militia. 

The S.D.F has been a U.S. ally since the creation of it; they have led the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, issued a statement saying the attack was “to destroy the terror corridor” that the S.D.F forces were constructing.

Thousands of innocent Kurds will be slaughtered and hundreds more left without a home; the pulling of troops from Syria will significantly diminish the power of the S.D.F and its capability to defeat ISIS and defend itself from Turkey’s invasion.

In our defense policy, we propose to reduce our current involvement in conflicts, particularly in the Middle East, and though it may seem hypocritical of us to say the least, we also believe in strengthening foreign relations. The U.S.’s best option is to continue support of the S.D.F and moderate a consensus between the two adversaries. 

Further reading:

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