The commander of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces told an American diplomat on Thursday that the United States has “given up on us” and is “leaving us to be slaughtered,” just days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s military offensive in the country, CNN reported Saturday.
“You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi, the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told William Roebuck, deputy special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been vital allies to the U.S. in the war on terror and fight against ISIS.
“You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us,” Kobani told the U.S. envoy, according to CNN.
“You have sold us. This is immoral,” he added.
Trump’s Sunday night decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the northeastern border of Syria was met with heavy bipartisan blowback, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) saying it could be the biggest mistake of Trump’s presidency.