Special Forces officers who served alongside Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria expressed remorse to the New York Times following President Trump’s abrupt announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the region, with one calling the move “a stain on the American conscience.”
“They trusted us and we broke that trust,” an Army officer who has worked alongside Kurdish forces told the Times on condition of anonymity.
“It’s a stain on the American conscience,” the officer added.
Shervan Darwish, an official allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, expressed similar sentiments, telling the newspaper, “The worst thing in military logic and comrades in the trench is betrayal.”
“I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” a U.S. Special Forces soldier told Fox News Thursday after Turkish forces advanced across the border into the northeast.
“Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” the soldier said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said Trump had ordered the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops to be pulled from northeastern Syria following the Turkish advance into the nation.