Turkey launches operation in Syria 3 days after Trump announces U.S. withdrawal The U.S. military began pulling back its forces from the Turkish border after the White House said it would not stand in the way of Ankara's operation. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/...ump-announces-u-n1063576?cid=eml_nbn_20191009 "This attack will spill the blood of thousands of innocent civilians because our border areas are overcrowded," it said. According to multiple current and former U.S. officials, the White House's announcement blindsided not just America's Kurdish partners but almost everyone — senior officials at the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House, lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East. On Monday, Trump warned in a tweet that if Turkey — a longtime American ally with NATO's second-largest standing army — did anything that he considered to be "off limits," he would "totally destroy and obliterate" its economy. The White House said in a statement on Sunday that Turkey would now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.