President Trump on Monday suggested that Kurds are allowing Islamic State militants escape from prisons to lure the US back into Syria – a day after the administration ordered remaining troops from the country and a mass breakout of the terror group’s followers.
“Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Big sanctions on Turkey coming! Do people really think we should go to war with NATO Member Turkey? Never ending wars will end!”
In another posting about the situation in Syria, Trump repeated his claim that European countries didn’t want to take in the fighters because they “didn’t want the cost. ‘Let the USA pay,’ they said.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Sunday that the US would pull its remaining forces from Syria so they wouldn’t be caught up in the fighting between Turkish and Kurdish troops.
About 950 supporters of ISIS – including wives, widows and children of the terror group’s fighters – fled a Kurdish run detention camp in Ein Eissa, about 20 miles south of the Turkey border on Sunday.
The Trump administration announced last week that it had authorized the Treasury Department to slap sanctions on Turkey for invading Syria.
Asked Sunday why there was a delay in imposing the penalties on Turkey, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told ABC’s “This Week” “it is a complicated, developing situation involving a NATO ally.”
Trump has been criticized for giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go-ahead earlier this month to invade Syria because it left the Kurds, who fought alongside the US against ISIS, at the mercy of Turkish forces.
Ankara views the Kurdish fighters a terror group linked to an insurgent group fighting the Erdogan government inside Turkey.