U.S. history repeating itself with Trump’s decision to abandon Kurds - Guardian

U.S. President Donald Trump's green light for a Turkish offensive in Kurdish-held northeast Syria is one of many disappointments Kurds had in the history, the Guardian said on Sunday.

"Last week’s decision by the White House not to stand in the way of Turkish invasion builds on a bitter history of Kurds being embraced, then spurned by capricious American administrations going back to 1975," the Guardian said.

Trump’s decision began with a phone call two weeks ago with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after which the White House abruptly announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops out of northeast Syria. 

Erdoğan has long urged Trump to break the U.S. relationship with Syrian Kurds, as he fears the autonomous area they carved out in Syria will inspire Turkey’s Kurdish minority.

In 1975, Iraqi Prime Minister Saddam Hussein struck Kurdish peshmergas when The United States abruptly cut support for the Kurdish fighters after a peace deal between Iraq and Iran, Guardian said.

As Washington and Iraq had been continuing to strengthen ties, the Iraqi government killed some 5,000 people, mostly civilians, with a chemical weapons attack in the northern city of Halabja in 1988, the Guardian noted.

A couple of years later, the United States once again reached out the Kurdish peshmergas, encouraging them to launch an insurgency, after Hussein became an enemy of Washington following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. However, the U.S. backing fell short to avoid defeating of Kurdish forces by Iraqi forces, according to Guardian.

Kurds have become the key ally for the United States in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), however, Trump shocked the world by announcing U.S. troops would stand aside when Turkey attacks Kurdish forces, "who until a few days ago were the US’s staunchest allies in the fight against IS," it said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/13/the-kurds-a-bitter-history-of-betrayal