I left my husband behind us in Kobani. I thought I could save our daughter away from bombing, but unfortunately she died on the road. Where is the free world.. Where are those who talk about humanity, Who talk about values.. what does Ardogan want from us? pic.twitter.com/dlvrulNOo8
— akram salih (@akramsalih7) October 12, 2019
That video is just heartbreaking.
Courtesy of Business Insider:
As the fifth day of the Turkish invasion into northern Syria continues, seemingly prompted by President Donald Trump’s announcement that US forces would be repositioned away from Kurdish US allies, reports of violent chaos have emerged from the region.
In addition, a US official told CNN that the campaign to defeast ISIS in Syria is “over for now,” and that ISIS “has a second lease on life with nearly 100,000 [people] who will rejoin their jihad.” The official said, in their opinion, “US policy has failed.”
The US State Department confirmed that reports show Havrin Khalaf, the civilian secretary general of the Future Syria Party, which is the Kurdish movement, has been captured and killed by Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters, in addition to other Kurdish fighters killed by the Turkish proxies.
Videos have surfaced online showing the Turkish-backed rebel forces slaughtering Kurdish fighters. In one video published by The New York Times, two Syrian Arab fighters restrain a Kurdish prisoner on the ground with his hands tied behind his back and shoot him multiple times.
Despite all of this violence and death America still plans to remove the remaining 1,000 US troops partly to protect them from careless Turkish airstrikes that almost took out some of them a day or so ago.
As you might expect ISIS has taken advantage of all of this mayhem to re-establish themselves in the area.
Courtesy of The Intelligencer:
As the fighting has intensified, nearly 800 suspected ISIS members escaped from SDF custody following a Turkish airstrike, and Trump’s impulsive decision to abandon the Syrian Kurds ultimately prevented the U.S. military from taking custody of five dozen high-value ISIS detainees to ensure they did not escape amid the chaos. There have also been attempted escapes at other facilities, two ISIS car bomb attacks, and a report of an ISIS flag being raised in the border region since the fighting began on Wednesday.
So somehow Trump has managed to undefeat a terrorist organization that it took years to finally remove from power and imprison.
That may be a first.
But ISIS are not the only ones benefiting from Trump’s indefensible decision.
Courtesy of NYT:
The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to an investigation by The New York Times.
An analysis of previously unpublished Russian Air Force radio recordings, plane spotter logs and witness accounts allowed The Times to trace bombings of four hospitals in just 12 hours in May and tie Russian pilots to each one.
The 12-hour period beginning on May 5 represents a small slice of the air war in Syria, but it is a microcosm of Russia’s four-year military intervention in Syria’s civil war. A new front in the conflict opened this week, when Turkish forces crossed the border as part of a campaign against a Kurdish-led militia.
Russia has long been accused of carrying out systematic attacks against hospitals and clinics in rebel-held areas as part of a strategy to help Mr. Assad secure victory in the eight-year-old war.
So to sum up among those who have benefited from Trump’s decision to remove American troops from Syria, is Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, and Russia.
Those who have suffered?
Our former allies the Kurds and of course America’s reputation.