The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) condemned the White House’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and said that it will have “a negative impact” on the ongoing anti-terror operation in the region and will encourage terrorism and its supporters.
“We affirm to the international public opinion that the fight against terrorism is not yet over … It is at a crucial and crucial stage that requires concerted efforts by all and greater support from the international coalition to sustain it, not a withdraw from it,” the SDF said in an official statement released on December 20.
The SDF also warned that the U.S. troops withdrawal will have “dangerous consciences” on international security and will “disappointing the hopes of the peoples of the region for security and stability.”
A day earlier, President Donald Trump said on Twitter that the U.S. has “defeated ISIS in Syria.” Later, the White House confirmed that U.S. forces are withdrawing from the war-torn country and a U.S. official revealed that the withdraws will be over in 60 to 100 days.
Trump’s decision resulted in a backlash from many U.S. politicians and officials, who believe that the U.S. should stay in Syria only to pressure Iran and Russia.