President Trump said Wednesday the United States "does not endorse" Turkey's military operation in Syria, despite recently withdrawing troops from the area. Trump on Sunday announced U.S. forces would "no longer be in the immediate area" of northern Syria, which opened up Turkey to launch an assault on areas held by Kurdish fighters, U.S. allies. The step was considered an effective endorsement of Turkey's operation, igniting heavy criticism from many Republicans and Democrats alike. Turkey announced Wednesday that the Turkish military had begun its operation. Kurdish forces helped drive the Islamic State out of Syria; they are now guarding about 12,000 ISIS prisoners. In a statement, Trump said the U.S. "does not endorse this attack and has made clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea."

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