Trump says he’ll pull back troops in Syria

World News

October 7, 2019 - 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria, clearing the way for an expected Turkish assault and essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces to defeat the Islamic State.

The move drew immediate outrage from some of the president’s closest allies in Congress, with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham calling the decision “a disaster.” And Syria’s Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Trump, however, defended the move in a series of tweets today, acknowledging “The Kurds fought with us,” but claiming they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

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