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Trump says ‘too costly’ to back Kurdish forces in Syria

US President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the 74th session of UN General Assembly in New York, United States on 24 September, 2019 [Erçin Top/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump on Monday defended a decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, saying it was too costly to keep supporting US-allied, Kurdish-led forces in the region fighting Daesh militants, reports Reuters.

“The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades,” Trump said in a series of tweets.

“Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia, and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out,” Trump said.

The Trump administration’s move, which opens the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish fighters long aligned with Washington, runs counter to the positions of even some of Trump’s top allies in his own party.

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Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who is generally a vocal Trump supporter, wrote in a series of Twitter posts that he was trying to set up a call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and would introduce a Senate resolution opposing the withdrawal decision and calling for it to be reversed.

“It’s never in our national security interest to abandon an ally who’s helped us fight ISIS [Daesh],” Graham said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

This impulsive decision by the president has undone all the gains we’ve made, thrown the region into further chaos.

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