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毎日デイリーニューズ/2019/10/9 18:10

Pulling US troops from Syria irresponsible, may cause crisis in Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would be withdrawing his country's troops from Syria. This is a measure that will further destabilize the situation in the already conflict-ridden Middle East.
Turkey is planning an attack on Northern Syria, which is currently controlled by Kurdish forces. Pulling U.S. troops out of the region at this point in time could potentially lead to armed conflict. The White House has announced that it "will not support or be involved in" Turkey's "long-planned operation into Northern Syria." However, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region, which had served to stave off the Turks, is effectively an endorsement of Turkey's invasion of Syria.
Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria have, as a proxy of U.S. troops, been fighting on the ground conducting search-and-destroy operations of the Islamic State (IS) group. The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria is tantamount to abandoning an ally with whom the U.S. has been fighting.
The potential for humanitarian crises and further turmoil over the Syrian civil war worry us.
First, there is the threat of a refugee crisis. Turkey says it plans to send approximately 2 million of the Syrian refugees in Turkey to the border area with Syria. If combat were to take place in the border area, refugees will suffer the brunt of it.
If Turkey were to invade Syria, there is a possibility that an estimated 10,000 IS fighters would be freed from captivity under Kurdish fighters. There are IS fighters in Kurdish captivity from dozens of European and North American countries, and their release could make the spread of terrorism a looming threat.
From here on, the U.S. will claim that the handling of IS fighters is Turkey's responsibility, but there is no guarantee that Turkey will be able to deal with it.
If Kurdish forces, having lost the support of the U.S. military, beef up their collaboration with the Syrian military under the control of President Bashar al-Assad -- which receives assistance from Russia and Iran -- the Syrian civil war will become even more complicated. And the end of the conflict will become even more remote.
Trump has emphasized the need for the U.S. troops' withdrawal from Syria, tweeting, "it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars." He is likely aiming for a full withdrawal as he eyes next year's presidential election.
It is irresponsible, however, for a leader of a powerful nation such as the U.S. to push forth national security and diplomatic policy based on how it might benefit one's own election. Trump will shift the responsibility for resolving conflict onto countries in the Middle East, Europe, or Russia, but he will not be able to stop the U.S. from losing international confidence.
What should be set as the utmost priority is the realization of stability in the Middle East. Trump must be open to listening to the voices of concern from regional countries and the international community, and rescind measures to withdraw troops, which would destabilize the Middle East region.
If Turkey's cross-border military offensive is carried out, there is a risk of civilians being embroiled in the fighting, resulting in casualties. Turkey must refrain from carrying out such a plan.




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