McGurk lashes out at Trump, Turkish offensive into northeast Syria
The former U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk took aim at the Sunday's White House statement that gave a green light to Turkish offensive into northeast Syria in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
Turkish forces on Wednesday entered northeast Syria as it prepared to launch a full-scale military operation against Kurdish-led groups in control of the area.
The long-planned incursion follows an abrupt policy change by the United States, which announced a full withdrawal from the war-torn country late on Sunday.
McGurk, who resigned from the U.S. President Donald Trump administration in December last year over a similarly impulsive decision by the president on withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.
The former envoy criticised the outcomes of the recent phone call Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a Twitter thread. Besides, he reminded the friction they had with Ankara in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and summed the quandaries between Washington and Ankara.
Turkish forces have begun moving into Syria, with a first target the town of Tal Abyad. Erdogan spoke with Putin before moving forces into areas that until three days ago enjoyed a small, successful US observer force. Some background on this area below -https://t.co/YUCDRGNbqL— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) October 9, 2019