News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Donald-Trump-generic-MAIN_article_image.jpg
PA
World News

Christians urged to pray for political solutions in Syria as US withdraw troops

by Tola Mbakwe

On Monday night President Donald Trump announced his decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of an expected Turkish incursion into the region.

The president declared that US troops will step aside for an expected attack on the Syrian Kurds, long-time US allies against the Islamic State group.

Rev Andrew Ashdown, who has done extensive research on Christian and Muslim relations in the country said: "there are very big questions about what will happen to the thousands of ISIS fighters."

"I think that we really should be seeking a political solution," he said.

"There are multiple political reasons why multiple players were involved. There are great threats from Turkey and great threats from other areas."

"Remember that there are many Christian communities in northeast Syria that have been suffering. Actually, there have been reports of oppression from Kurdish groups of local Christians on the ground as well. So it's highly complex, multi layered. We need to be paying for a political solution where all parties can actually talk and come to pragmatic solutions."

Fears over a revived so-called Islamic State - also referred to as Daesh - have been aired by a former defence minister.

Conservative Tobias Ellwood raised concerns over the US's decision to remove troops from north-eastern Syria and warned it will leave the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "exposed" to the expected Turkish offensive to establish a 30-kilometre "safe zone" in northern Syria.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate