President Trump announced on Saturday that he had approved the release of $ 50 million in relief supplies for Syrian human rights groups and other aid organizations in the war-torn country, apparently to counter criticism of his withdrawal of US forces.
] "Other presidents would not do that, they would spend a lot more money, but for things that do not make you happy," Trump said as he attended the gala dinner of Values Voters Summits on Faith, Family, and Freedom turned.
"The US condemns the persecution of Christians and we pledge to support Christians everywhere," said Trump, who claimed that Christians in Syria under the Obama administration had "almost no chance" to enter the United States and legally emigrating to this Muslim Syrians had a much better shot.
The White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement that the money will "provide Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations, emergency financial assistance, and reconciliation efforts to directly assist victims of conflict with ethnic and religious minorities."
It will also lead to increased accountability, elimination of explosive remnants of war, community security for stabilization assistance, documentation of human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law, and support for survivors of gender-based violence and torture, "the statement said.
The US withdrawal took place days before a Turkish attack on predominantly Kurdish fighters, which the government of Ankara called a national security threat. The Trump administration was accused of abandoning the Kurds in the five-year fight against the ISIS terrorist group.
"Do not forget that they are fighting for their land. They did not help us fight for our country, "Trump said to his audience on Saturday night." Let them have their limits, but I do not think our soldiers should be there for the next 1
" I said, 'We just spent billions in Iraq and it was the worst mistake we ever made, "Trump said his reasons for withdrawing the US forces from the region. "We defeated ISIS, we did our job, now we have to go home … You would hardly believe how the military-industrial complex came down on me.
The Turkish military said it had captured the main Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Saturday, the latest in a series of villages in northern Syria fell to Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters.
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The invasion has also forced nearly 100,000 people to flee homes amid fears that ISIS could use the chaos and try to defeat them after their defeat Syria's Democratic Forces (SDF) said the United States should take its "moral responsibility" and close the northern Syrian airspace for Turkish fighter jets, but that's it. I did not want that the US sends its soldiers "to the front and puts their lives in danger."
France's Verte Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday that the country suspends the export of weapons to Turkey, which could be used for its purposes offensive.
NPC STAFF discussed TRUMP UKRAINE RUF OUTSIDE OF THE COUNCIL, NAMED TALK "OUTRAGEOUS": SOURCES. Maas told the weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag that "the government will not issue new permits for weapons that Turkey can use in Syria against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkey will not stop until the Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw at least 20 miles from the border.
Kurdish news agencies, including Hawar and Rudaw, said Hevreen Khalaf, secretary general of the Future Syria Party, was killed on Saturday when she drove on the M-4 highway connecting the cities of Manbij and Qamishli. Rudaw's correspondent accused the Turkish forces of firing on Khalaf's car, and Hawar accused the "Turkish mercenaries".
The observatory said six people, including Khalaf, had been killed on the street by opposition supporters supported by Turkey, who had briefly cut them off before retreating.
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In a late Saturday statement, the State Department said there were reports of Khalaf's death and rival rebel groups allied with him captured by SDF fighters Turkey and felt they were "extremely disturbing".
"We find these reports extremely disturbing and reflect the general destabilization of Northeast Syria since the beginning of hostilities on Tuesday," the ministry said. "We strongly condemn any ill-treatment and extrajudicial execution of civilians or prisoners and continue to investigate these circumstances."
John Roberts and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.