The White House announces American troops are preparing to withdraw from Northern Syria while Turkish forces are set to begin their long-planned operation into the area.
The announcement was made late Sunday night with a press release saying, “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.”
The White House press release went on to clarify many of the captured ISIS fighters came from Europe, but the nations they came from including France and Germany, refuse to take them for trials.
In response, the United States has made it clear it will not hold them at the expense of American taxpayers, and from this point forward, Turkey will be responsible for handling it.
President Trump weighed in on his decision to pull U.S. troops from Turkey via twitter on Monday saying, “It is time to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”
The president continued by also slamming his European counterparts for refusing to handle the trials of captured ISIS fighters, despite the fact many came from Europe.
President Trump also touted his administration’s efforts which led to the complete defeat of the Islamic State’s caliphate throughout the area.
NBC reports American officials have not yet received formal withdrawal orders, but local reports have suggested some troops have started to leave the area, paving the way for the Turkish operation.
President Trump has come under fire by some for the move, citing it as disloyal to the Kurds, who have fought alongside American forces for years to officially defeat the Islamic State.
Despite the backlash, President Trump also clarified this dimension of his decision saying although the Kurds were helpful they were paid and received equipment for their role in the various operations.