President Trump lauded the creation of a new ‘Safe Zone’ in formerly Kurdish areas in a stretch of Syria – saying the minorities who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS will be moving to ‘fairly nearby areas.’
Kurdish leaders, including the top Kurdish general who Trump praised Thursday, have accused Turkey of engaging in ‘ethnic cleansing’ with its invasion and attacks against the Kurds.
Trump also said the U.S. is bringing its troops home, although reports Thursday indicated the Army was poised to bring tanks into position to defend oil-rich areas that President Trump boasted about securing.
‘Turkey fully understands not to fire on the Kurds as they leave what will be known as the Safe Zone for other fairly nearby areas,’ the president wrote Friday morning.
He warned Turkey, amid a cease fire, after announcing he would remove U.S. sanctions imposed this month after its Oct. 9 invasion. ‘I don’t have to repeat that large scale Sanctions will be imposed for violations. Going well! ISIS secured by Kurds with Turkey ready as backup.’
Then the president hailed the U.S. economy, claimed the U.S. military was ‘rebuilt,’ said oil in Syria was ‘secured,’ and that U.S. troops were returning.
‘USA has gained Trillions of Dollars in wealth since November 2016. All others way down. Our power is Economic before having to use our newly rebuilt Military, a much better alternative. Oil is secured,’ Trump continued in a set of three tweets.
‘Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then … COMING HOME! We were supposed to be there for 30 days – That was 10 years ago. When these pundit fools who have called the Middle East wrong for 20 years ask what we are getting out of the deal, I simply say, THE OIL, AND WE ARE BRINGING OUR SOLDIERS BACK HOME, ISIS SECURED!’
Trump was referencing the military’s moves to reposition troops that were in Syria to Iraq.
Trumps comments followed media points that the Army was considering bringing in part of a tank brigade, as well as a U.S. official’s claim that as many as 100 ISIS fighters had escaped from custody during the Turkish invasion.
Heavy armor would represent both a medium-term commitment and a substantial footprint due to the supply and support that must accompany it. The equipment would be used to protect oil fields that President Trump tweeted on Thursday must ‘NEVER’ be allowed into the hands of ISIS, the terror group the U.S. has been battling in Syrian and Iraq for years.
The tanks could be in position ‘relatively soon’ CNN reported. Newsweek reported on an Army plan to deploy 30 Abrams tanks, half an Army armored brigade. They would go to an area where U.S. troops hold strategic territory containing oil resources, in partnership with Syrian Democratic Forces.
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Source: Daily Mail