Turkey offensive revives IS: Mattis criticizes US troop withdrawal from Syria




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Due to differences of opinion with US President Trump, James Mattis resigns as US Secretary of Defense earlier this year. Also, the withdrawal of troops from northern Syria considers the General wrong. He fears that it benefits above all the IS.


Former US Secretary of Defense and General James Mattis has warned against reviving the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) in the face of Turkey's Syria offensive. The US needs to maintain pressure on the IS to keep it from re-emerging, Mattis says in an interview with US broadcaster NBC.

Turkey invaded northern Syria on Wednesday. Shortly before, US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US soldiers from the area. Critics see a free ticket for the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to act against the Kurdish militia YPG. The YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were an important US ally in the fight against IS. Turkey sees in it an offshoot of the banned Kurdish workers' party PKK and thus a terrorist organization.

"IS is not defeated"

The IS was not defeated – one must see whether the Kurds, despite the Turkish military mission will be able to sustain the fight against the terrorist militia. The question is how strong. "

" We may want a war to be over, we may even declare it over, "Mattis said. In the end, the enemy has the deciding vote. "If we do not keep the pressure in this case, the IS will revive." It was "perfectly clear" that the terrorists would come back.

Mattis had announced his retreat as Secretary of Defense at the end of last year because of substantive disagreements with the President.

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