Senior US envoy in Syria highly critical of troop withdrawal

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MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior State Department envoy has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria, U.S. officials said Thursday. Two officials familiar with the matter said the internal memo by the top American diplomat in northern Syria, William Roebuck, takes the administration to task for not doing enough to prevent Turkey's invasion of the region and protect U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters there. Turkey invaded days after President Donald Trump ordered the small number of U.S. special forces in the area to leave, ostensibly so they would not be caught in a crossfire between the Turks and Kurds. One of the officials described the memo, which was obtained and first revealed by Th
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