UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The White House is sending mixed messages about the future of America’s role in Syria.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that US soldiers would pull out of northeastern Syria.
This would allow Turkey to launch a military operation against Kurdish fighters, which it considers to be terrorists.
A White House official later contradicted the president by saying American troops are only being redeployed, rather than withdrawn.
Syrian Kurds described Trump’s decision as a ‘stab in the back’ after they helped the United States defeat ISIL.
Even some of the president’s supporters condemned the decision.
So, what are the risks of a military operation in northern Syria?
And what will happen to the thousands of ISIL fighters held by Kurdish forces?
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