President Trump’s decision to allow Turkey to invade northern Syria and slaughter America’s Kurdish allies has led to the escape of hundreds of ISIS prisoners in the region.
Trump claimed that the United States had removed the “worst” ISIS detainees out of the region before allowing Turkey to kill American allies but The New York Times reports that “in fact the American military took custody of only two British detainees, half of a cell dubbed the Beatles that tortured and killed Western hostages.”
American officials told The Times that the Kurds refused to let American troops take more detainees from their camps, which house roughly 11,000 male ISIS fighters.
Kurdish officials told The Times that 500 female ISIS supporters escaped during a Turkish airstrike.
Kurdish officials also said multiple ISIS jihadists had escaped during a Turkish airstrike on Friday.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for two new attacks in Syria since the Turkish invasion began.
James Mattis says Trump bringing back ISIS:
Trump’s former defense secretary, James Mattis, said that Trump’s decision would undoubtedly allow ISIS to resurge in the region.
"I think Secretary of State Pompeo, the intelligence services, the foreign countries that are working with us have it about right that ISIS is not defeated. We have got to keep the pressure on ISIS so they don't recover," Mattis said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
"We may want a war over; we may even declare it over. You can pull your troops out as President Obama learned the hard way out of Iraq, but the 'enemy gets the vote,' we say in the military. And in this case, if we don't keep the pressure on, then ISIS will resurge. It's absolutely a given that they will come back."
Trump defended his decision to allow Turkey to slaughter America’s allies by claiming he was “trying to end the ENDLESS WARS” even though the pullout in Syria came as Trump sent nearly 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia to protect the kingdom from Iranian aggression.
"It seems that the policy of the United States is to betray their friends and allies," Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Kurdish coalition that helped the US fight ISIS, told NBC News.
Kurds strike deal with Syria after Trump’s betrayal:
Kurdish forces announced a new deal with the government of Syria, an enemy of the United States that is backed by Russia, in hopes of beating back invading Turkish forces.
“For five years, United States policy relied on collaborating with the Kurdish-led forces both to fight the Islamic State and to limit the influence of Iran and Russia, which support the Syrian government, with a goal of maintaining some leverage over any future settlement of the conflict,” The Times reported. “The Kurds’ deal with Damascus paved the way for government forces to return to the country’s northeast for the first time in years to try to repel a Turkish invasion launched after the Trump administration pulled American troops out of the way. The pullout has already unleashed chaos and bloodletting.”
“They lost thousands of fighters in battles against the Islamic State and sought to establish a form of autonomous rule in the lands captured from the jihadists,” the report added. “Now that project has collapsed, and it remains unclear what rights they will retain, if any, should they fall back under Mr. Assad’s government.”