Sunday, 6 January 2019

US urged to keep troops in Syria by Rights group

A rights group known as Yazidi has urged the United States to delay its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, saying the move endangers religious minorities as it could allow ISIL to stage a comeback. 

A rights group known as Yazidi has urged the United States to delay its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, saying the move endangers religious minorities as it could allow ISIL to stage a comeback.

 The Netherlands-based Free Yezidi Foundation made a statement  sating the resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group poses an "existential threat to minorities" such as the Yazidis.

 When ISIL swept across northern Iraq and into Syria, fighters from the armed group killed 3,000 Yazidis and abducted and sexually abused nearly 7,000 Yazidi women and girls. 

 The United Nations has described the campaign against the Kurdish religious minority as genocide. 

"Any premature withdrawal of the United States forces from Syria not only endangers religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, it vastly increases the likelihood of a resurgent Daesh militant power," the Free Yezidi Foundation said, referring to ISIL by its Arabic acronym. 

 "This is an existential threat to minorities like the Yazidis." 

 Abrupt US announcement

 US President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw some 2,000 US troops deployed in northern Syria on December 19, following a telephonic conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

 The abrupt announcement contributed to the resignation of US Defense Secretary James Mattis and prompted alarm from the Kurdish People's Protection Group or the YPG, the strongest armed group in the US-backed anti-ISIL alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

  WSJ The YPG fears US withdrawal could clear the way for a Turkish assault on Kurdish fighters. Ankara views the YPG as a branch of its own Kurdish separatist movement. 

 The Free Yezidi Foundation said the US must "delay withdrawal of forces for as long as possible" and also maintain the capacity to conduct air attacks in Syria and Iraq. 

 It also called for the establishment of a no-fly zone over northern Syria to prevent a potential Turkish assault on Kurdish strongholds. 

 Warning the UN to prepare for "the next wave of refugees fleeing Eastern Syria into Iraq" should the US pull out its troops, the group said the international body must also pay attention to possible attacks against minorities in Syria and Iraq.

 The Yazidis were said to be concerned because "no one understands the brutality of ISIL more than the Yazidi community in both Syria and Iraq". 

 "Many members of the Yazidi community remain displaced and fear going back to their homes," he added.
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