Withdrawing US troops from Syria may create military vacuum: Kurdish

President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria is not welcomed. Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, released a statement warning a military and political vacuum could be created.

Currently there are about 2,000 US troops in the Kurdish region in northern Syria and they will be called back soon as Trump mentioned in his Wednesday announcement that the Islamic State (IS) has been defeated.

US partnered with the SDF in fight against the IS terror group in Syria.

SDF adds withdrawal of the US troops would negatively impact the anti-IS campaign and to dangerously implicate regional stability.

Meanwhile, Turkey regards the SDF as a terrorist group and lately said to be launching a military operation against it.

No timescale was mentioned in the announcement, but if believed to defence officials the move may be completed within 30 days.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the withdrawal would be a huge Obama-like mistake and to result with devastating consequences.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly tweeted IS has not been wiped, but just weekend and the group need to be definitively defeated militarily.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the decision saying there are no signs of US pull-out as for 17 years the US has been in Afghanistan and always say they are withdrawing.

UK distanced itself from Trump’s assertion.

Paul Linus