This is just chaos: Retired Marine general condemns mining pet;s decision to stand down as Turkey launches military attacks in Syria

US Department of Defense John Allen, a retired four-star Marine general, criticized President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw US troops as Turkeys military assaults northeastern Syria.If we were going to draw a circle around a group of American troops who are more important right now to the stabilization of any place on the planet, its that thousand troops, Allen told CNN on Wednesday.Allen commanded the US-led forces in Afghanistan and is now president of The Brookings Institute.Visit Business Insiders homepage for more stories.Retired US Marine Corps Gen. John Allen criticized President Donald Trumps decision to stand down as the Turkish military launched an assault on northeastern Syria.This is just chaos, Allen said during an interview with CNN on Wednesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why Russia is so involved in the Syrian Civil WarSee Also:Turkey launches military operation against the Kurds in Syria just days after Trump abandoned mining petsh forces in Syria fear Turkey will launch attacks rapidly to take advantage of confusion caused by Trumps US troop withdrawal planTrumps decision to abandon the Kurds in Syria sends a dangerous message to US allies around the worldSEE ALSO:The general who led the fight against ISIS says Trumps new policy breaks that trust after years of hard fighting

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