President Trump: U.S. ‘should have never been in the Middle East’
Shortly after the Turkish operation inside Syria had started, a Turkish soldier stands at the border with Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
UPDATED 9:00 AM PST – Wednesday October 9, 2019
President Trump continues to defend his decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria, saying the U.S. should have never been there in the first place. In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president noted that fighting between various groups in the region has been going on for hundreds of years.
U.S. involvement in the Middle East has cost the country $8 trillion so far, along with many thousands of lives. President Trump said this was the worst decision ever made in the history of America. He announced that U.S. soldiers are slowly and carefully being returned home.
“I held off this fight for almost three years, but it is time to get out of these ridiculous endless wars…and bring our soldiers home,” the president emphasized.
President Trump’s remarks come after Turkey launched a military offensive in the region on Wednesday. Turkish forces deployed warplanes to attack Northern Syria, in an effort to push Kurdish forces away from the Syria-Iraq border. The Turkish government issued a warning to the Kurds, saying “they can either defect, or we will have to stop them from disrupting our counter-ISIS efforts.”
Kurdish officials said the air strikes are also targeting civilians, which has caused mass panic among residents. The president has said Turkey will be punished economically if it does anything considered to be inhumane.
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