SDF always viewed American troops as their close partners. Northeast Syria is currently safe-housing survivors of genocide in nearby countries as well as guarding 12,000 Islamic State terrorist prisoners. While the Kurds understand that US troops need to go home at some point, all they wanted was a presence in Syria to keep the Turkish from attacking. Now, Syria is reconsidering alliances, and is turning to Russia in a desperate effort to save millions of lives. Knowing that “painful compromises” will come from working with them, the commander in chief is willing to sacrifice for the people of the nation. He describes his frustration and disappointment over the current situation, especially since Syria has a core belief in democracy.