U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday expressed concern over Kurdish allies after President Donald Trump announced a change in the deployment of troops in Syria.
Blackburn said in a statement, “For the past several years, American forces have fought alongside our Kurdish allies in Syria to provide safety and security to the region. As the Syrian people seek stability post-conflict, we ought not to give ISIS any room to regain territory. Syria’s location leaves it vulnerable to adversaries, and an American presence preserves the possibility for peace.”
Breitbart on Monday reported the White House had clarified the disposition of American troops in Syria following concerns of Turkey’s involvement in that nation. After President Donald Trump on Sunday night tweeted it was time to bring troops home, a “senior White House official” on Monday spoke to reporters to say 50 troops would move within Syria for now. While the president wants to leave that country, this is not the time, the official said.
Blackburn has a history of supporting the Kurds.
On Jan. 31, U.S. Sens. Blackburn and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote a letter requesting that Trump “develop and implement a strategy to help protect the security and diplomatic equities of our Kurdish partners serving in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during and after the withdrawal of United States military forces from Syria.”
“Achieving this goal requires guarding against armed conflict between the Republic of Turkey and Kurdish SDF forces that fought alongside the United States in support of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” the letter states.
The full letter may be found here.
Blackburn included a provision in the Senate-passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to support the U.S. partnership with the Kurds in Syria.
The largest Kurdish diaspora in the United States is in Nashville.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.