THE UK would share the blame for ‘the US president’s decision to stab our Kurdish allies in the back’, MPs have been told, amid fears that Turkey will move its forces into northern Syria.
Politicians from all sides criticised Donald Trump’s withdrawal of US troops and his decision not to stand in the way of a Turkish offensive against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said we should make it clear that, if the Turks attack the Kurds, ‘we will consider this to be an aggressive act against ourselves as much as we would against the Kurds’.
Tory MP Julian Lewis said allowing Turkey to attack would be like ‘in 1944 when Stalin basically gave the green light to Hitler to crush the Warsaw uprising’. Labour former minister Kevin Brennan said we could become complicit in ‘the decision to stab our Kurdish allies in the back’.
MPs’ uproar followed Mr Trump’s claim at a White House briefing that the UK was ‘thrilled’ by his plans.
The president, due to meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month, created further confusion yesterday by defending Ankara as a trading partner but adding ‘in no way have we abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters’.