Trump withdraws U.S. troops from Syria-Turkey border

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America's Kurdish allies have been left to face a possible Turkish invasion alone after Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

According to The Guardian, the U.S. and Turkey established an arrangement in August to carry out joint patrols along a 'safe zone' on the Turkey-Syria border and keep Turkish and Kurdish troops apart. But on Monday, U.S. troops began withdrawing from the border following an order from the White House.

Prior to the withdrawal, Turkey had proposed to extend the safe zone deeper in Syria to resettle non-Kurdish Syrian refugees there. The plan was opposed by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Front, or SDF, who Turkey considers terrorists.

According to Reuters, U.S. withdrawal of troops and military vehicles from key positions on the border effectively gives Turkey a green light to move into the area.

On Monday, the Turkish defence ministry declared in a Twitter post that preparations for a possible military operation into Syria are completed.

SDF Spokesman Mustafa Bali said the SDF will defend northeast Syria at all costs.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Joint patrols on Syria-Turkey border
2. Proposed Turkey safe zone to resettle refugees
3. U.S. military vehicles leaving border
4. Turkey military operation into Syria
5. Possibility of of ISIS regrouping
6. U.S. troops redeployed to other parts of Syria

VOICEOVER (in English):
"According to The Guardian, the U.S. and Turkey established an arrangement in August to carry out joint patrols along a 'safe zone' on the Turkey-Syria border and keep Turkish and Kurdish troops apart."

"But on Monday, the U.S. began pulling its troops, leaving the Kurds to face a possible Turkish invasion alone."

"Prior to the withdrawal, Turkey had proposed to extend the safe zone deeper in Syria to resettle non-Kurdish Syrian refugees there."

"The plan was opposed by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Front, or SDF, who Turkey considers terrorists."

"According to Reuters, U.S. withdrawal of troops and military vehicles from key positions on the border effectively gives Turkey a green light to move into the area."

"On Monday, the Turkish defence ministry declared in a Twitter post that preparations for a possible military operation into Syria are completed."

"SDF Spokesman Mustafa Bali accused the U.S. of leaving to turn the area into a warzone, but said the SDF will defend northeast Syria at all costs."

"Trump's decision has received much backlash from both Republicans and Democrats."

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it a threat to regional security, while Senate leader Mitch McConnell worried it might increase the risk of ISIS and other terrorist organizations regrouping."

"According to The Guardian, the Trump administration insisted it wasn't supporting a Turkish offensive. A senior administration official later claimed that troops were pulled back from the border, but won't be leaving Syria."

"Instead, he says the soldiers will be redeployed to more secure positions inside the country."

SOURCES: BBC, The Guardian, Reuters
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49960973
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/07/us-withdrawal-from-syria-leaves-fate-of-isis-fighters-and-families-in-detention-uncertain
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-turkey-usa-congress-idUSKBN1WM1ZO