Kurdish fighter with the YPG, Kasuma shamsedi, 25, is surrounded by women who have surrendered from ISIS’ last stronghold of Baghouz as she patrols through Hol Camp in Northern Syria, March 2019, shot on assignment for a story appearing the November issue of @natgeo.
Two days ago, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would remove U.S. forces from Syria’s Kurdish controlled Northern border, where the U.S. fought alongside the YPG against ISIS. The abrupt removal and repositioning of the remaining U.S. troops stationed in Northeastern Syria would leave Kurdish forces to face any advances from the Turkish military, and potentially lead to the release and resurgence of ISIS fighters captured by the Kurds. Met with widespread criticism from intelligence officials, politicians, world leaders, and the media, Trump has since rolled back his initial plan, stating that a portion of U.S. troops would remain in the region. Since 2003, i have witnessed the Kurdish fighters ever loyal to the United States and American forces across Iraq and Syria. They Have fought on our behalf, and alongside US troops consistently since 2003. President Trump’s recent announcement is as shameful as it is shocking.