Pompeo Says Trump Will Discuss Syria Options with Turkish President amid Backlash against Meeting
Added 11-11-19 05:04:02pm EST - “Mike Pompeo said Monday that Trump will raise Turkey's recent invasion of northern Syria in his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.” - Nationalreview.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Pompeo Says Trump Will Discuss Syria Options with Turkish President amid Backlash against Meeting | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Trump will raise Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria in his meeting this week with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid bipartisan criticism of the meeting.
“We will talk about what transpired there and how we can do our level best collectively to ensure the protection of all of those in Syria, not just the Kurds, but everyone in Syria,” Pompeo told cadets at The Citadel, South Carolina’s military college, after delivering a speech there for Veterans Day.
President Trump announced last month that the U.S. will withdraw the American troops currently stationed in Syria, which total roughly 2,000, saying the Islamic State has been defeated in the region and he does not want the U.S. to “police” the area any longer. However, the president vowed to punish Turkey if the country takes any action the U.S. considers “off limits.”
Republican and Democratic critics of the move warned the withdrawal would make room for the ensuing Turkish invasion of the region and would leave the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who have allied with U.S troops in fighting the Islamic State, open to attack.
After the U.S. troops were pulled back, Turkey launched an offensive into northeastern Syria against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, displacing 200,000 people and resulting in the deaths of at least 92 civilians amid the conflict.
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