Trump says supporting the YPG/PKK is too costly
US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw from Syria, saying it is too costly for them to continue supporting the YPG/PKK.
US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw from Syria, explaining that defending the YPG/PKK, their ally in their war against DAESH, is too costly for them.
The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago," Trump wrote on Twitter, adding, "We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no aim in sight.
"When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate including capturing thousands of ISIS fighters, mostly from Europe. But Europe did not want them back, they said you keep them the USA! I said “NO, we did you a great favor and now you want us to hold them in U.S. prisons at tremendous cost. They are yours for trials." They again said "NO," thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the "sucker," on NATO, on Trade, on everything," Trump said criticized European countries.
Stating that the YPG/PKK fought with the U.S., but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so, Trump noted that YPG/PKK has been fighting Turkey for decades.
"I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home," Trump said.
Underscoring that the U.S. will fight where it is to their benefit, and only fight to win, Trump continued as "Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their "neighborhood".