BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – In a recent interview with the Sputnik News Agency, Syria’s envoy to China Imad Mustafa said that the U.S.’ decision to withdraw from his country was a major blow to the Kurdish forces.
“The decision to evacuate [US troops from Syria] would constitute a major blow to the separatist Kurdish movements in northeast Syria that have foolishly believed the US troops there would be protection and guarantee to replicate the Iraqi Kurdistan model in Syria. Now they have to face reality, either they come back to their senses, and re-integrate that part of Syria with the rest of the country… or they will become a prey to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s most vile schemes against them and the rest of Syria,” the Syrian envoy said.
The diplomat also noted that Damascus had never had any doubts that foreign states that had illegally deployed their troops to Syria would eventually come to realize that it had become too expensive to sustain their military presence in the country and would have to leave.
“However, we have no trust whatsoever in any US statement, or policy. The disastrous US policies in our region have taught us that US policies can fluctuate, change, reverse or reincarnate in other forms,” Mustafa added.
On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his country’s armed forces would be fully withdrawing from Syria.
Trump claimed the U.S. troops were heading home because the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) had been defeated inside Syria.
The U.S. President’s comments were met with outrage from several neocon politicians, who wanted the American troops to remain in Syria for a long period of time.