Congress Won’t Abandon Kurds, Senator Graham Says
Turkey launches military operations into region
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Congress won’t abandon the Kurds in Northern Syria even as Turkey launched military operations into the region on Wednesday.
The decision of President Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, apparently in advance of a planned invasion of the region by Turkey, has been criticized by Senator Graham. The senator said the decision could give ISIS the opportunity to regroup after Kurdish forces were instrumental in defeating the terrorist group.
“It’s a lie that ISIS has been defeated,” Senator Graham said. “The caliphate has been destroyed but it will re-emerge. The Kurds can’t fight Turkey and control ISIS at the same time.
“Congress will push back. We’re not giving Turkey a green light in Congress, and we’re not going to abandon the Kurds. If the president does so, we won’t.”
- For President Trump, Defense Secretary Esper and others to give possible reconsideration to the withdrawal of troops from Syria.
For the Kurdish people, many of whom are Christians, as civilians begin to flee border regions.