The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has warned against placing trust in the United States, emphasizing that Washington cannot be trusted at all as it betrays own allies in a surreptitious way and does not stand committed to any agreement.
“No one can rely on (the United States of) America and an agreement struck with it because of the latter’s disloyalty and treachery,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an address to his supporters in a televised speech at Sayed al-Shohadaa Complex in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday evening.
Nasrallah then pointed to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from northeastern Syria, saying, “America broke faith with Kurds at once, and abandoned them. Such a fate awaits anyone who trusts Washington.”
“Americans can’t be trusted at all since they break promise with anyone who depends on them, and left them alone,” the Hezbollah chief said.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Sunday that Washington had begun withdrawing US troops from Syria’s border with Turkey, adding that the American forces “will not support or be involved in the (Turkish) operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area.”
Trump on Monday defended the decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, saying it was too costly to keep supporting its allies.
“The Kurds fought with us but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades,” he said in a series of tweets.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on the same day that the Turkish army was ready to launch operations against militants of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at any moment.
“There is a phrase that we always say: we can come any night without warning,” the Turkish president told reporters in televised remarks. “It is absolutely out of the question for us to further tolerate the threats from these terrorist groups.”
SDF later warned that a Turkish military invasion would spark a major resurgence of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, and vowed to battle Turkey’s military.
Ankara views the YPG as the Syria branch of the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.