“The U.S. and Turkey agreed to partition Syria, what Damascus and Russia won’t tolerate,” Stephen Lendman remarked.
Following is the full transcript of the interview:
Balkans Post: U.S. President Donald Trump this month abruptly decided to pull 1,000 U.S. troops from northeast Syria. What’s your thoughts on this move and its consequences?
Stephen Lendman: Trump’s pullout is partial and U.S. troops remaining in northern and southern Syria is illegal. Nevertheless, Pentagon/CIA occupation and war continues.
There are unknown numbers of U.S. forces continue to unlawfully control southern Syrian territory near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, no plans to withdraw them.
BP: The move allowed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to launch an offensive into the region aimed at creating a 20 mile (32 km) “safe zone” clear of the Kurdish militants. You’ve described the U.S.-Turkey agreement on Syria as “illegitimate”. Could you elaborate this issue?
Stephen Lendman: Trump OK’d Turkish aggression by withdrawing U.S. forces from areas Turkey wants to occupy — unrelated to its security, peace, a safe zone, and combatting terrorism Erdogan supports.
It’s all about his aim to annex Syrian territory, especially oil producing areas. The U.S. and Turkey agreed to partition Syria, what Damascus and Russia won’t tolerate.
BP: Amid heighted pressure after the withdrawal, Trump announced that some American troops will stay in Syria. He also said military companies don’t like his withdrawal from Syria. What would that tell us?
Stephen Lendman: Unless and until proven otherwise, the U.S. came to Syria and its other war theaters to stay.
Endless U.S.-orchestrated and/or led aggression rages in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as intermittently in Iraq and Libya.
There’s no near-term resolution in these countries because restoration of peace and stability to active war theaters defeats Washington’s imperial aims, served by endless wars and chaos.
BP: Can these developments somehow lead to re-emergence of ISIS in the region?
Stephen Lendman: The U.S. created and supports ISIS, al-Qaeda and likeminded terrorist groups. They’re very much emerged so re-emergence is a non-issue.
In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, the Pentagon and CIA use these terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers — arming, funding, training, directing, and transporting them to areas where the U.S. wants them used.
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