President Trump has been facing opposition from both Democrats and Republicans after he pulled U.S. troops who were backing the Kurds from Syria. The area has now become a war zone as Turkey has launched a coordinated assault on the Kurds. Now, Turkey’s president has given Trump 120 hours to get all Kurds out of the area.
Earlier this week, President Trump touted his peace deal was a win for everyone involved. Well, within 13 hours of said deal, Turkey has renigged on the deal and has given the U.S. 120 hours to get all Kurdish forces out of the “safe zone” or the assault on the Syrian border will continue.
“If the United States is able to keep the promises it gave us by Tuesday night, at the end of the 120-hour period, the issue of a safe zone will have been resolved,” Turkish President Erdogan said in a press conference.
He added: “But if this promise is not kept, without exception, the minute the 120 hours end, our Operation Peace Spring will resume from where it left off in an even more determined way.”
This demand comes after over 750 ISIS fighters were released from their captivity after the Kurds could no longer hold them prisoner and fight the Turks, the Daily Mail reported.
Erdogan added insult to injury to the Trump administration when he proclaimed that the deal he and Vice President Mike Pence brokered was “not a ceasefire” but a “demand of capitulation for the Kurds.”
During a rally in Dallas, Texas, Trump proclaimed that he allowed the Turks and the Kurds to fight it out because they were children.
Over the nine-day offensive, the Turkish military has reportedly killed 74 Kurdish fighters. President Trump wrote a letter to Erdogan before he gave his 120-hour ultimatum, where he warned Erdogan not to be a “tough guy,” CNBC reported.
“President Trump’s letter, which did not go hand in hand with political and diplomatic courtesy, has appeared in the media. Of course we haven’t forgotten it. It would not be right for us to forget it,” Erdogan said to reporters.
The removal of American troops continues to create conflict and uncertainty in the region.