The Trump administration is going to withdraw troops from Northern Syria and will pass the responsibility of securing the former ISIS-held territory to Turkey.
Turkey is en-route to invade northern Syria, the White House announced late on Sunday in a statement that indicated American support.
President Donald Trump talked to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey about the “long-planned” invasion of the territory, said the White House.
“The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,‘ will no longer be in the immediate area,” the statement read.
Turkey is a U.S. ally in the region in the fight against ISIS. Syria is where most of the fighting took place after the civil war.
Kurdish soldiers have been working with the American military in Syria against ISIS. Turkey sees the Kurds as an enemy, which could leave the Kurds in trouble with Turkish troops.
“The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer,” it said. “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.”
This is a major change for U.S. foreign policy in the region and is sure to have a major impact in the coming weeks.
Trump will meet Erdogan in Washington, D.C. in the next several weeks.