Army officer calls Syria pullback 'a stain on the American conscience'

Special Forces officers who served with Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria expressed remorse to the New York Times over the announcement of the U.S. withdrawal from the region, with one calling it "a stain on the American conscience." 

“They trusted us and we broke that trust,” an Army officer who has worked alongside Kurdish forces told the Times on condition of anonymity. “It’s a stain on the American conscience.”

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Shervan Darwish, an official allied with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, expressed similar sentiments, telling the newspaper, “The worst thing in military logic and comrades in the trench is betrayal.”

Other members of the U.S. military have made similar comments. “I am ashamed for the first time in my career,” a U.S. Special Forces soldier told Fox News Thursday after Turkish forces advanced across the border into the northeast.

“Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. It’s horrible,” the soldier said. “We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met every single agreement [with the Turks]. There was no threat to the Turks — none — from this side of the border.”

Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTalks stall on defense costs with South Korea Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Trump floats testifying in impeachment hearing MORE on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE had ordered the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops to be pulled from northeastern Syria following the Turkish advance into the nation. The Trump administration has said further Turkish aggression will be met with sanctions but has not supplied any further details or a timeline.

Trump's initial announcement last week that the U.S. would pull forces out of the region drew swift condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike, with close ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-S.C.) unveiling a plan for sanctions against Turkey in the case of an attack on the Kurds.