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Amerikanske militære er ikke glad for ordren om å forlate Syria. De frykter at det vil gå ut over kurderne som hjalp dem vinne krigen mot IS.

Amerikanerne skal være ute av Syria innen utgangen av april, men har ennå ingen planer for hvordan kurderne skal klare seg uten dem, skriver Wall Street Journal.

Sammen med kurderne vil amerikanerne gjøre et siste fremstøt for å knuse det som er igjen av IS-krigere. Men så er det slutt.

Unless the Trump administration alters course, the military plans to pull a significant portion of its forces out by mid-March, with a full withdrawal coming by the end of April, they said. Still, the military planning comes as the State Department maintains that there is no timetable for a withdrawal.

While President Trump has put no firm deadline on withdrawing troops from Syria, he has directed the Pentagon to get all forces out of the country, an order that has led to the current U.S. military timeline to leave by the end of April.

Men det store spørsmålet er: Hvem skal beskytte kurderne?

The Trump administration has been struggling to come up with an agreement to protect Kurdish allies from being attacked by Turkish forces.

The U.S. has been trying to work out a deal with Ankara on a political plan for northeastern Syria that would avert a destabilizing fight between Turkish forces and Kurdish forces in Syria that Turkey views as terrorists.

But the two sides have made little headway, current and former U.S. officials said, which means the U.S. military withdrawal is proceeding faster than the political track.

Hvis Erdogan ser at amerikanerne trekker seg ut, uansett, kan han bare vente til amerikanerne er dratt. Det vil være lite USA kan gjøre, bortsett fra å bombe fra baser i Irak. Det skal noe til med et NATO-land.

79-land koalisjonen mot IS møttes i Washington onsdag. Trump stilte opp for å fortelle at kampen snart vil være vunnet.

During a meeting with representatives of the 79-country anti-Islamic State coalition on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said the terror group’s self-proclaimed caliphate’s collapse was imminent.

“It should be formally announced sometime, probably next week, that we will have 100% of the caliphate,” Mr. Trump said during his remarks at the meeting, which was held at the State Department. But the Republican president also warned that even after it loses its territory, sleeper cells from the terrorist group could still try to launch insurgent-like attacks.

Men det er ikke IS-krigere som har gått under jorden som representerer den største trusselen mot kurderne. Det er Erdogan.

Her har USA ingen avtale. Forslaget om en sikkerhetssone på syrisk side har ikke blitt noe av.

Hvis Erdogan skulle gjøre alvor av truslene mot kurderne kan det bli en stor stygg ripe i Trumps seier over IS.

The withdrawal is likely to alarm the U.S.’s Kurdish partners in Syria, who have been pleading with the Trump administration to come up with a plan to ensure they aren’t targeted by Turkey.

Kurdish leaders spent the past two weeks in Washington meeting with U.S. officials in an effort to secure assurances they would be safe.

Last week, Mr. Trump ran into one of the Kurdish leaders at the Trump Hotel, where he assured her of that.

Amerikanerne er trette av krigene i den islamske verden, men innsatsen i Syria var på et lavt nivå og betød likevel mye.

Derimot kan nedsiden være stor.

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-sets-april-target-date-for-leaving-syria-11549573965