Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Oct 20, 2019 0 175 12345 Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country despite a ceasefire deal. McConnell on Friday said Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops would help Washington’s foes and hurt its allies. “Withdrawing US forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake,” McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, wrote in The Washington Post. “It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances.” The deal brokered by Pence was meant to provide a pause for the evacuation of Kurdish fighters from a “safe zone” Turkey wants to control along its border with Syria. The Turkish offensive was sparked by Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a move that triggered fierce bipartisan criticism in Washington. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1221 IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 271 Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 223 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Cologne: Some 10,000 people protested peacefully against Turkey’s military incursion into north-eastern Syria in the German city of Cologne on Saturday, although the number of participants remained below .. 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters AFP Juba South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling .. Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire DPA Beirut/Istanbul Turkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US. “Terrorists” have carried out 14 .. German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria. Two developments are ..