But by the end of that day one week ago everything had changed for the people of Northeastern Syria. Because it was one week ago today that Donald Trump, who has many millions of dollars worth of financial interests in Turkey,
Three days later Turkish rockets, tanks, and artillery began attacking the Northeastern Syrian cities and towns along the Turkish border.
- 100,000 Syrian civilians have been displaced as they flee south, away from the border.
- 179 men, women, and children have been killed or injured.
- The Kurdish Syrian Defense Forces who brought down ISIS in Syria and now administer the detention camps for captured ISIS fighters have had to cut back on personnel to guard the camps, as all troops are now needed for defense against the invading Turks. Subsequently almost 1,000 captured ISIS members have escaped the camps in the past four days. There has since been two car bomb explosions in Syria, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.
- Some of the detention camps where captured ISIS members are held are now at risk of falling under ISIS control.
This is at heart an an issue of war and peace. Donald Trump pulled back the American troops along the Turkish-Northeastern Syrian border because, he said, he wanted to get our country out of "endless wars." And yet while the United States had 100 troops patrolling the Turkish- Northeastern Syrian border there was peace. Had he left that patrol there would still be peace. But he pulled those troops and now there's war.
And Trump will not return any troops or support to defend the Kurds who fought for five years along side Americans and lost 11,000 men and women to defeat ISIS.
But yesterday Donald Trump ordered 3,000 American troops, two Air Force fighter squadrons, Patriot antimissile batteries and other air and missile defenses to deploy to Saudi Arabia to protect the Saudi oil fields.