Netanyahu steps up for Kurds as Trump pulls troops out of Syria

Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters gather near the town of Azaz in Syria’s northern Aleppo province as they prepare to take part in an offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria. (PHOTO: Nazeer Al-khatib/AFP via CNA

Originally published in CBN News

In response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to extend support for the Kurdish people, who have played a pivotal role in defeating ISIS.

Netanyahu joins a bevy of evangelical leaders in America who have rebuked Trump for pulling armed forces out of northern Syria, arguing the US presence in the region kept bad actors in Turkey at bay.

Turkish invasion kicks off with bloodshed for US allies and Christian minority in Syria

Originally published in CBN News

The carnage has begun in northern Syria: More than 100 dead including civilians. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and Syriac Christians of Northeast Syria, have issued a desperate plea to President Donald Trump: establish a no-fly zone over northeast Syria or expect a tremendous massacre.The Turkish Defense Military said its jets and artillery had struck 181 Kurdish targets so far. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that so far, 109 “terrorists” were killed in the offensive, a reference to the US-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters

Tens of thousands of Christians live on the northern border of Syria near Turkey. Thousands have fled for their lives since the invasion began Wednesday evening.

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In addition, Rep Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — among others — called out the White House after Trump defended his decision, claiming it fulfilled his campaign promise to get the country out of “endless wars.”

“Our presence there was not meant to engage in endless wars,” Crenshaw wrote in response. “It was there to deter further warfare.”

The 2017 winner of the Miss Iraq beauty pageant, Sarah Idan, commended the Israeli prime minister for promising to “extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”

“And people wonder why I stand with Israel,” Idan wrote. “[I] heard many countries say ‘they condemn,’ but not a single one said they will extend assistance to [the Kurds].”

 

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