Syrian Kurds commander to US: 'You are leaving us to be slaughtered'
Oct. 12, 2019
The commander of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces reportedly told an American diplomat on Thursday that the United States is "leaving us to be slaughtered," days after President Trump withdrew troops from northern Syria.
CNN reported Saturday that Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told William Roebuck, deputy special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, that "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered."
Kobani is the head of Kurdish forces known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been vital allies to U.S. in the war on terror and fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS.
"You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us," Kobani told the U.S. envoy, according to CNN, which obtained an internal readout of the meeting.
"You have sold us. This is immoral."
Kobani's comments follow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 's announcement Wednesday that he was launching a military offensive into Syria against the SDF, who he views as an enemy.
Trump announced at the beginning of the week that he was removing U.S. troops from the northeastern border of Syria, ahead of Turkey's planned military incursion.
Trump's move was met with heavy bipartisan blowback, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) saying it could be the biggest mistake of Trump's presidency.
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