Alaska senators condemn Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria

A Turkish miltary convoy is pictured in Kilis near the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey, October 9, 2019. President Donald Trump announced Sunday night that he was pulling US troops from northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish offensive on Kurdish forces in the region. (Mehmet Ali Dag/Ihlas News Agency (IHA) via Reuters)
Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators have joined the chorus of Republicans criticizing President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria.

Trump announced the move Sunday night. It paved the way for Turkey to proceed with a planned operation against the Kurds.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan issued statements on social media.

Murkowski weighed in Tuesday, saying the withdrawal betrays America’s Kurdish allies and aids a resurgence of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Sullivan’s post, issued late Monday, says U.S. troops should not be in Syria indefinitely, but he says abandoning the Kurds will make it harder for America to attract battlefield allies in the future.

In a rare showing of bipartisan criticism, Congress members of both parties have condemned Trump’s decision.

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