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WILL ISIS FIGHTERS GO FREE?

The President says he’s stopping America’s endless wars. His critics say he’s setting up the next big one.

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Quick Backgrounder

U.S. partnered with Kurds to combat ISIS in Syria; U.S. provided weapons & support (equipment, $$). Kurds provided reliable boots on the ground.

Kurds: 30M people living in a swath of land that straddles Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran & Armenia. Kurds are diverse, with their own distinct language & culture.

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What’s Happening Now

  • White House announced sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops along Syria-Turkey border.
  • Turkey considers *some* Kurds a threat, “terrorists” for wanting an independent Kurdish state; Turks reportedly planning a military offensive against Kurds near the border.
  • Without U.S., Kurds vulnerable to Turkish military.
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“The endless and ridiculous wars are ENDING! We will be focused on the big picture, knowing we can always go back & BLAST!”

Pres. Trump has repeatedly stated he wants the U.S. out of Syria, and says America cannot interfere with "tribal" fights (referring to tensions between Kurds and Turks).
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“We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”

Former UN Ambassador (and Pres. Trump appointee) Nikki Haley. Critics say leaving minimal U.S. presence in Syria will create a power vacuum to be filled by Iran, China and Russia.
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Something To Consider

  • The Kurds currently hold (imprison) thousands of ISIS fighters & their families. Estimates: 12,000 ISIS fighters & 58,000 women and children.
  • Kurds say if Turkey pushes them out, these fighters will go free.
  • ISIS fighters include foreigners holding European passports who can easily travel.
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Reminder: Pres. Trump abruptly announced full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria last Dec.; Sec. of Def. James Mattis resigned shortly after. The President ended up leaving some U.S. troops in Syria.

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