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Kurds: U.S. leaving their allies, Turkey readies offensive

Christian Fernsby |
U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops began withdrawing Monday from northeast Syria.

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Topics: KURDS    U.S.    TURKEY   

This is ahead of a Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State terror group.

The Syrian Kurdish fighters also accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies in the fight against IS. It’s a major shift in US policy.

The American withdrawal came just hours after the White House said US forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the years-long battle to defeat IS.

Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing the Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to American allies across the globe.


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