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US exit from Syria ‘gives Daesh a new lease of life’

Backlash: Kurds standing by a US armoured vehicle in Syria to protest Turkish threats
PICTURE: AFP

DONALD TRUMP has been accused of giving Daesh a ‘second lease of life’ by ordering US troops out of Syria.

The White House said Turkish authorities would be expected to move in and take custody of around 12,500 Daesh militants being held by Kurdish forces.

However, Kurdish leaders threatened Turkey with ‘all-out war’ and warned that jihadists were planning a mass break-out if fighting started.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham said the move was a ‘disaster in the making’. He told Fox News: ‘This impulsive decision by the president has undone all the gains we’ve made. Iran is licking their chops. And if I’m an Isis fighter, I’ve got a second lease of life.’

Last night, Mr Trump warned Turkey against any attacks on Kurds or allowing Daesh prisoners to escape. He tweeted that, if Turkey did anything he considered off-limits, he would ‘totally destroy and obliterate’ its economy.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) defended northern Syria and helped free much of the country from Daesh after the 2014 Islamist uprising.

But Turkey has accused them of being terrorists and threatened an ‘air and ground’ attack. SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali responded: ‘We will not hesitate to turn any unprovoked attack by Turkey into an all-out war’.