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Trump released $50 million to Syria

President Donald Trump has authorized the release of $50 million to Syria. However, the money was not meant for the Syrian government but for emergency assistance to Syrian human rights groups and other organizations working to protect civilians in the war-torn country.

According to the White House, the funds would “provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict. It will also go toward increased accountability, removal of explosive remnants of war, community security for stabilization assistance, documenting human rights abuses and international humanitarian law violations, and support for survivors of gender-based violence and torture.”

This week, Trump initially announced that he would withdraw troops from the northern region of Syria. When he was criticized for his decision, he pushed back at critics by saying: “Don’t forget they are fighting for their land. They haven’t helped us fighting for our land. Let them have their borders, but I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 15 years guarding a border between Turkey and Syria when we can’t guard our own borders.“

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