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U.S. Special Forces Soldier in Syria Says 'I Am Ashamed for the First Time in My Career' After Trump's Syria Withdrawal

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President Donald Trump continues to face bipartisan backlash for his decision to withdraw U.S. special forces from Northern Syria, leaving Syrian Kurdish allies—11,000 of whom died helping American soldiers fight against ISIS—vulnerable to an attack from neighboring Turkey. The move could also lead to a resurgence of ISIS and the thousands of Islamic State prisoners in Kurdish custody.

Within days of the withdrawal, Turkish forces launched an attack on Syria, leaving numerous civilians dead.


Trump continues to double down on the deadly decision, justifying it with claims that the Kurds didn't help the U.S. in World War II, that the Kurds and Turks are "natural enemies," and that the thousands of ISIS prisoners in custody in the region will escape to Europe and therefore won't pose a threat to Americans.

Now, an unnamed U.S. Special Forces soldier, who fought alongside Syrian Kurds, is sounding off to Fox News, saying:

"I am ashamed for the first time in my career."

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin described her call with the soldier, whom she said was "distraught."

The Kurds, according to the soldier, haven't left their posts guarding ISIS prisoners, even preventing an imminent prison break.

The soldier still predicted that many of the imprisoned ISIS fighters will be free sooner rather than later.

Many Americans agree with the soldier's assessment.

The President continues to defend the decision by claiming we never should have been there in the first place.