The 14,000 Islamists of the so-called “Syrian National Army” that the Turks have in tow for their offensive into northeastern Syria are in fact nothing but a big chunk of the old “Free Syrian Army” armed by CIA with Saudi-funded arms to wage jihad on Syria’s secular government.
A senior official in the Trump admin now explains the main reason an additional withdrawal order has been issued to US troops in northern Syria is that due to FSA mayhem they are no longer safe:
The perception that U.S. troops were in increasing danger as Turkey and its allies attacked border towns and continued its advance led to the new withdrawal announcement, U.S. officials said.
Even the fact that the Syrian army is also moving into the area is apparently not as high on the list of concerns for US troops’ safety. In fact the Trump admin is now appreciating this will help to stop the Turks and save it from further embarrassment:
The administration believes that the sanctions — and the knowledge that Turkey does not want to contend with the Syrian Army or its Russian ally — are the best weapons to convince Turkey to “behave,” the senior administration official said.
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Turkish-backed Islamists “regularly” fire on US troops in Syria who only “occasionally” fire back the Pentagon says
The reason Trump admin knows Turkish-backed FSA is a potential threat to US troops’ safety is that it has been taking pot shots at them for 2 years. An August 2017 story:
US Military: Exchanging Fire With Syrian Rebels, Propping up Hezbollah Allies
Proving once again Empire’s enemies are not America’s