"Without the Kurds he betrayed, Trump would not celebrate his" victory "on IS

In welcoming the death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the US president wants to make him forget that he has surrendered the Kurds to Turkey and the abuses of Syrian Arab auxiliaries in Ankara, writes in his column, Alain Frachon, editorialist to the "World".

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Funeral ceremony in honor of Kurdish activist Havrin Khalaf and his driver, both murdered, at Derik Cemetery, Syria, on 13 October.
Funeral ceremony in honor of Kurdish activist Havrin Khalaf and his driver, both murdered, at Derik Cemetery, Syria, on 13 October. LAURENCE GEAI FOR "THE WORLD"

Chronic. Donald Trump is banking on his success against the Islamic State (IS) organization to get his betrayal of the Kurds. The process is big – " huge ", Looks like it. But he will not erase this truth: without the Kurds, the head of the IS, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, would not have been located. The childish joy shown by the American president on Sunday, October 27, announcing the elimination of the self-proclaimed "Caliph", was all the more indecent.

Trump is wrong. The death of the founder of IS will not make us forget anything. Neither the withdrawal of US troops from Kurdistan from Syria. Neither the green light given to Turkey to occupy this region. Neither the martyrdom of the young Kurdish activist Havrin Khalaf, who has become the iconic image of these events.

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The successful operation of the US Special Forces against IS emphasizes two things: Trump's strategic inconsistency and his ingratitude to his only allies in Syria. "The Kurds of Syria and Iraq, says a US official quoted by the New York Times, provided more information for this raid than any particular country. "

The sequence is known. On October 6, the US president repatriated his troops from Syria, those who collaborated with local Kurdish forces – the YPG militia. He authorizes his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to seize northeastern Syria. The invasion begins on the 9th: the Ankara army and its Syrian Arab auxiliaries take control, in Syrian territory, of a band about thirty kilometers deep along the border between the two countries.

A soldiery of ruffians

This is the end of the cooperation between the United States and the Kurds of Syria – a cooperation that the raid against the head of the IS has, after the fact, shown the importance. This is the beginning of a Turkish occupation of the Syrian Kurdish country, of which the assassination of Havrin Khalaf is the symbol.

This crime alone tells the fate of the Kurds of Syria. After a barrage of artillery, the Turkish army has its tanks donated, then yields the ground to his deputies. The word misconstrues what these gangs are – mostly gangsters or jihadists or both, Sunni Syrian Arabs hating Kurds and Christians, former recruits to the local Al Qaeda branch, or even the IS, spent in the service of the Turkish army. "They are the worst of the worst," entrusts a close Pentagon to the New York Times.


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