09.10.2019 | US-Syria: Trump scrambles to redeploy US troops as Turkey launches attacks in Syria
Source - The Daily Express
The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops have been repositioned in northern Syria as Turkey ramped up its efforts in the region by attacking US-backed Kurdish fighters. The news comes following Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from northern Syria in a mass repatriation programme.
On Monday, the President announced that he felt the time had come to remove US troops from northern Syria, reasoning that America shouldn’t have involved itself deeper than it had in local conflicts.
A day later, reports emerged that US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had suffered a major attack along the Syrian-Turkish border.
Just days before, US troops with armoured vehicles had been pictured in the same location.
The newest attack was reported by the Coordination and Military operations Centre of the SDF, as the centre’s Twitter account posted: "The Turkish military is shelling one of our points on SereKaniye Border with Turkey.
“There were no injuries to our forces.
“We didn't respond to this unprovoked attack.
It added: “We are prepared to defend the people and the people of NE Syria.”
The reports came just before Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, attempted to play down reports that Trump had pulled troops out of Syria without having first informing top US defence officials.
A statement from Mr Hoffman read: "Despite continued misreporting to the contrary, Secretary Esper and Chairman Milley were consulted over the last several days by the President regarding the situation and efforts to protect U.S. forces in northern Syria in the face of military action by Turkey.
It continued: ”The Department's position has been and remains that establishing a safe zone in northern Syria is the best path forward to maintaining stability.
“Unfortunately, Turkey has chosen to act unilaterally.
“As a result we have moved the U.S. forces in northern Syria out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety. We have made no changes to our force presence in Syria at this time."