After Trump made the decision to pull troops from Northern Syria, Turkey has begun military operations in the region.
Trump’s decision to remove the US military presence from the region was widely panned on both sides of the aisle in the US, with many stating that this was tantamount to leaving our alleys, the Kurds, to die at the hands of Turkey.
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the military operations would create a “safe zone” to house Syrian refugees.
The operations in question include Turkish airplanes bombing parts of Northeast Syria, which will likely bring them into direct conflict with US allies led by Kurdish militias. Turkish ground forces are currently mustering at the border with Syria.
In a much-lambasted tweet on Monday, Trump claimed after he made the call to withdraw troops from Northern Syria that he wouldn’t allow Turkey to do anything he didn’t approve of. The tweet included the strange phrasing “in my great and unmatched wisdom,” which raised a number of red flags for name political commentators.
“As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)” Trump tweeted on October 7.
On October 9, Turkish military operations began in Northern Syria. It’s unclear what, if anything, will be happening to the economy of Turkey by way of retaliation.
President Erdogan took to Twitter to explain his offensive in the region. The operation “was to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area” and, further, that it could “preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and liberate local communities from terrorists.”
Erdogan is stating that he wants the region cleared of Kurds, who his government regards as terrorists, so he can have a “safe zone” for the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey. As the attack has commenced, thousands of innocent civilians have tried to flee. However, to the south, the face dangerous Islamic State terrorists, and to the north, they face the Turkish army.
Kurdish militias, which currently are imprisoning many high-level IS leaders, are being left to fend for themselves against the might of a nation’s military.