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Only Trump's mission is accomplished in Syria

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20.12.2018

Plaudits from his supporters are guaranteed. "It's time to bring our great young people home!" US President Donald Trump tweeted. The mission to defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) is a fait accompli, according to Trump.

This is a message that will go down well with many Americans just before Christmas — but not in Washington with those politicians responsible for foreign and security policy.

Even Trump's fellow Republicans are aghast at the single-handed decision by their president.

While they recognize that, as a force, the IS terrorist militia was crushed during the civil war, many jihadists still lurk in the shadows waiting to seize upon a chance to regroup. For IS, a power vacuum in the wake of a US withdrawal is a prime opportunity.

Betraying the Kurds

The 2,000 GIs have done a decent job in Syria over the past four years. Not so much as soldiers of war, but above all as mentors to the YPG Kurdish militia. Their fighters are regarded as the bravest in the battle against IS. They played a decisive role in pushing the terrorists back militarily.

Read more: Germany, France, UK: 'Islamic State' not defeated in Syria

This cooperation has always been a thorn in the side of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who views the YPG as nothing more than a band of terrorists that must be destroyed. But as long as the Americans were in Syria, he didn't dare attack the Kurds.

If the last remaining US soldiers are indeed to be withdrawn, Erdogan's gloves will be off and he will take brutal action against the Kurds. The Americans will bear responsibility and Kurdish blood will be on their hands.

Russia can rejoice

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© Deutsche Welle