Trump orders full withdrawal of US forces out of Syria
An apparent complete cooperation with Turkey
By Craig C. White
There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria. They had been helping the Kurds to fight against ISIS in Syria. But lately the US forces have been guarding the northeast Syrian border against a Turkish attack on the Kurds. Turkish President Erdogan considers the Kurdish forces in Syria to be terrorists. This week Turkish President Erdogan threatened to launch an immediate offensive into northeastern Syria. The Turkish Army has already swept through most of the Kurdish held territory in northwestern Syria. Now Turkey is threatening to clear the Kurdish forces located to the east of the Euphrates River. Over the past couple of weeks Turkish President Erdogan has been wrestling with US President Trump regarding US support of the Kurkish forces in Syria. Over the past couple of days it has been reported that Turkish President Erdogan said that President Trump has agreed to cooperate with Turkey inside of Syria. Now President Trump has ordered the full withdrawal of US forces from Syria.
The US believes that it is in their best interest to minimize the influence that Russia and Iran will have over a post war Syria. It seems that Trump has placed all of his hopes on his presumed NATO ally Turkey. Hopefully this cooperation doesn’t come at the expense of the Kurds.
Ever since Turkey has begun their systematic war against the Kurds in Syria, the Kurds with help from the US forces have been forced to defend themselves from Turkey. Because of that, over the past year the fight against ISIS has been somewhat neglected. Withdrawing US troops gives ISIS even more room to recover. It also leaves the Kurds very vulnerable. The worst immediate outcome of pulling US troops out of northeastern Syria would be a Turkish attack on the Kurds east of the Euphrates River and the retaking of Kobani by ISIS.
According to the Bible; Turkey will conquer Syria, destroy Damascus, and reconstitute the Turkish ruled Ottoman Empire.
The Turkish Army is now arrayed against Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria. The Prophet Jeremiah says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. Tell Rifaat is called Arpad in Jeremiah 49:23.
Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
A side note: Russia is thrilled that Turkey has now minimized US influence over post war Syria. This should give Turkey more political capital over Russia when Turkey finally launches their attack against Hamah, Tell Rifaat, and Damascus. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about the fate of the Kurds in northeastern Syria but the northwestern cities of Hamah and Tell Rifaat will certainly be terrorized. Damascus will certainly fall.