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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:33 PM

We fought ISIS side by side with the Americans. Now they're leaving us to our fate.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/10/09/we-fought-isis-side-by-side-with-americans-now-theyre-leaving-us-our-fate/


Turkish army vehicles drive toward the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on Wednesday. (Bulent Kilic/Afp Via Getty Images)

By Ilham Ahmed

Oct. 9, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. EDT

Ilham Ahmed is a co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria.

The organization I represent, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), is the ally of the global coalition against the Islamic State. Our relationship with the United States began in 2014, after the battle of Kobani, when our men and women in uniform astonished the world with their heroic defense against Islamic State jihadists.

I was one of the main advocates for sustaining and improving the relationship between Syrians and Americans. Skeptics warned me: “The U.S has no friends, only interests.” But I rejected such sentiments as an anti-American narrative encouraged by our enemies. Now it turns out that the pessimists were right. I was wrong.

Founded in 2015, the SDF is an alliance of Arab, Kurdish, Syriac and Turkmen groups fighting for a secular, democratic and decentralized Syria. With the support of our coalition partners, we captured nearly all the territory the Islamic State once held in Syria, including Raqqa, the so-called capital of the Islamic State.

The forces of the Islamic State see us as their sworn enemy. Yet the Islamic State also used its foothold in Syria and the vacuum created by Turkey to spread its terror to Europe and the United States. It used its guns and considerable resources to create a sharia state. With the comparatively limited resources we received, we successfully defeated the Islamic State and built a system of good governance in northeast Syria, including democratic checks and balances, that replaced both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s murderous oppression and the terrorism of the jihadists. We created the foundations for a stable Syria in the areas under our control.

The United States has not always treated us like a full partner; it refused to listen to our concerns about Turkish intervention, and it excluded us from United Nations-brokered talks on the future of Syria. U.S. officials told us to destroy our defensive fortifications on the border with Turkey, to withdraw heavy weapons and to pull back our fighters. Although this left our families and children exposed to Turkey and the jihadist groups, the United States promised it would maintain border security. We obliged because we desire peace with Turkey and because we trusted the United States to make good on its commitments.

The sacrifices we made to defeat the Islamic State were not just a service to our people but also a service to the United States, Europe and the entire international community, who faced a real and present threat from terrorism. We expected our sacrifice and commitment to be repaid in kind.

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Who the fuck would "partner" with us on ANYTHING at this point. This is long-term damage to our country's reputation and standing in the world. Not that it's been stellar the past 50 years, but that was repairable. This might not be, at least for the next 50 years.

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Reply We fought ISIS side by side with the Americans. Now they're leaving us to our fate. (Original post)
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:38 PM

1. Are those American built Pacar Trucks?

GOP,you own it now.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 02:53 PM

2. True, "The U.S has no friends, only interests."

True of all nations, always, really a truism.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:07 PM

3. ::sigh:: Decent ethical people don't abandon...

good allies who have risked life and limb to help them but Trump is neither a decent nor ethical person.

To Republican politicians and businesses still supporting Trump... You could very well be the next one thrown under the bus. Trump insists on loyalty but offers none... Time to bail before it's to late.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Oct 9, 2019, 03:11 PM

4. They did a fuck of a lot more than "side by side." WE were in the rear, THEY were up front!

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212562630

Which is how the Kurds lost 11,000 killed fighting the Islamic State Caliphate while the U.S. military lost only 10.

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