REPORT – Persecuted and forgotten? Ancient Christian communities in north-east Syria after the US evacuation

The Tablet | Nov. 7, 2019

Donald Trump’s decision to order the evacuation of remaining US forces from north-east Syria might have sealed the fate of its age-old Christian communities

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to withdraw US troops from north-east Syria plunged the region into renewed conflict, after he greenlighted Turkish plans to forcibly create a 20-mile-wide “safe zone” in the region. But while Trump (inset) emphasised continuing US interests in Syria’s natural resources – as US soldiers were pulling out, other US troops were ordered back in to secure the country’s coveted oilfields – he has said nothing about religious minorities, including Christians who have seen their churches torched and family members summarily executed.