Retired Marine general says U.S. greenlighted Syria crisis

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A retired four-star Marine general has slammed President Donald Trump saying there is blood on his hands over the unfolding crisis in Syria after he ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the northern border area.

General John Allen told CNN on Sunday that the U.S. 'greenlighted' the current situation in Syria and that it was 'completely foreseeable'.

Syria - Kurds - Government - Forces - Sunday

Syria's Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed on Sunday to help them fend off Turkey's invasion - a major shift in alliances that came after Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly deepening chaos.

The fast-deteriorating situation was set in motion last week when Trump ordered U.S. troops in northern Syria to step aside, clearing the way for an attack by Turkey, which regards the Kurds as terrorists.

Kurds - US - Islamic - State - Syria

Since 2014, the Kurds have fought alongside the U.S. in defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Trump's move was decried at home and abroad as a betrayal of an ally.

Over the past five days, Turkish troops and their allies have pushed their way into northern towns and villages, clashing with the Kurdish fighters over a stretch of 125 miles. The offensive has displaced at least 130,000 people.

Blood - Trump - Hands - Allies - Allen

'There is blood on Trump's hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies,' Allen, who was the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, told CNN.

'I said there would be blood, but could not have imagined this outcome.'

President - Recep - Tayyip - Erdogan - Sunday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday ruled out any mediation in the dispute with the Kurds, saying Turkey wouldn't negotiate with 'terrorists'.

'There was no chance Erdogan would keep his promise, and full blown ethnic cleansing is underway by Turkish supported militias,' Allen said.

'This - Trump - Instincts - Alignment - Autocrats

'This is what happens when Trump follows his instincts and because of his alignment with autocrats.'

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