Former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that the U.S. should have the backs of the Kurds. "I think we should always have the backs of our allies" Haley told "CBS Sunday Morning"
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"The Kurds lost a lot of blood. 11,000 people were killed in our fight together against terrorism," she added, referring to a deal between Kurdish fighting groups and the U.S. to help fight the Islamic State. The pullout paved the way for a Turkey offensive against Syrian YPG militia to clear the zone of so-called terrorists.
The move has widely been seen as a major betrayal to the Kurds and an opportunity for a resurgence in Islamic State fighters.
"We should always want to bring troops home but we have troops all over the world…we don't have them [there] because we're at war, we have them for prevention. To make sure we are able to prevent, especially in the Middle East."