Transcript for What to watch in Syria as US troops leave
Secretary of defense mark Esper making it official on Sunday, the U.S. Plans to pull all 1,000 of its troops out of northern Syria. Let's bring in chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, Martha, we just saw the situation on the ground already dire. What happens when these remaining U.S. Troops leave the area? Reporter: Amy, the ramifications are enormous. You could have full on war there with thousands more ISIS fighters and their families escaping during the chaos and eventually re-emerging and you are certain to have more of those horrific scenes that Ian just showed us, mass atrocity, executions. There are many special operations forces who see this as shameful to abandon the kurds who helped the U.S. Fight ISIS losing thousands of their soldiers in the process. Those kurdish allies now making a deal as Ian said with the Syrian regime which is an enemy of the U.S. And backed by Russia. The leader of those forces writing today that if we have to choose between compromise and genocide, we will choose our people. This is a major shift and means the U.S. Is ceding any influence there to Russia, Iran and the Assad regime. As for our own forces a U.S. Official says the president has given them 30 days to get out of northern Syria but their positions are becoming more and more vulnerable and they are consolidating to get out as soon as possible. It's important to say it is not that they think U.S. Forces should be involved in endless wars but rather the abankrupt decision made by the president in that phone call with Turkey's president, which was the trigger for all of this. There are people at the Pentagon and state department, Amy, who are simply furious about this. Martha, you mentioned those escaped ISIS prisoners last night. We saw president trump tweeting that the high value detainees have all been secured. Is that verifiable? Reporter: Well, the president said the U.S. Has the worst of the ISIS prisoners but that is not accurate. A U.S. Official says they were only able to transfer two of them to U.S. Military custody. But in that chaos, dozens more high value detainees were left behind in Syria where some of those ISIS prisons are now unguarded, Amy. So many concerns in that region, Martha, thank you so much.
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