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Kurdish civilians pelted a U.S. military convoy with tomatoes, stood in front of armored vehicles shouting “no, no!” and held up protest signs as troops moved out of Qamishli, northern Syria, video surfacing from the region showed on Monday.
American Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed this weekend that President Donald Trump had ordered troops withdrawing from Syrian Kurdistan, or Rojava, to move to Iraq. Congress has not passed an authorization for the president to send troops to protect Syrian Kurdish populations – only Congress can declare war – though it did pass a resolution condemning President Trump for not violating the law and keeping troops in Rojava against Congress’s wishes.
US - Troops - Civil - War - Theater
U.S. troops entered the Syrian Civil War theater to fight the Islamic State, a jihadist group formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq. Congress approved all military action against al-Qaeda and affiliated groups following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Immediately following President Trump’s announcement that he would withdraw troops from northern Syria, noting that the Islamic State no longer had a significant presence there and thus he had no authority to deploy troops there, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced “Operation Peace Spring,” a military invasion of northern Syrian intended to displace the indigenous Kurdish population and replace them with some of the 4 million mostly Arab refugees currently in Turkey. Kurdish officials in the region and activists around the world have accused Erdogan of attempting ethnic cleansing against their people. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – a formerly U.S.-allied, mostly Kurdish militia – has documented evidence it says proves that Erdogan’s troops and the allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) are using chemical weapons against Kurdish children.
FSA - Militia - Dictator - Bashar - Al-Assad
The FSA is a mostly-Arab militia formed to fight Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, which attracted some al-Qaeda elements. President Barack Obama initially attempted to support...
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