The global chorus criticized the move as a cool abandonment by President Donald Trump for the loyal ally who had been a key military figure in re-laying land from the Islamic State (ISIS) when he ordered hundreds of US troops out of the controlled Kurdish Region of Syria.
This sudden change in US strategy has driven the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force into a new alliance, opposed by the United States, with the Syrian Assad government, in the seeking to seek protection against a Turkish invasion into its territory. Although it was a bold move, the international community ought not to be surprised; the historical relations between the United States and the Kurdish people were marked by gentle sympathy.
The United States replaced Great Britain as the leading Middle East influencer gradually after the Second World War. While there have been regular contacts between Kurdish activists and U.S. diplomats, US interest in the Kurds has become a tool to counteract the U.S.-friendly Iraqi regime in the early 1970’s.
USA attempted to overthrow Saddam’s government by using covert action in accordance with the US policy of containment in the Cold War. In this regard, in 1974, in order to destabilize the Iraqi government and bind their forces up from attacking Israel or Iran.
In 1974, Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State, sent an official diplomatic cable to the United States embassy in Tehran to become the base of US-Kurdish relations. He outlined three points: to empower the Kurds to maintain a sound basis for negotiating the rights recognition of the government in Baghdad, to keep Iraqi government tied together, but not to permanently divide Iraq. It is in America’s interest. The United States has for about a decade broken off ties with Iraqi Kurds.