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U.S. Withdrawal From Syria Gathers Speed, Amid Accusations of Betrayal

Kurdistan News - 9 hours 12 min ago
More than 100 American military vehicles entered Iraq on Monday, accelerating a pullout that greatly reduces American clout in Syria.
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Desperate Pleas to Free Women and Children From ISIS Camps in Syria

Kurdistan News - 11 hours 20 min ago
The violence that has followed an American pullback has intensified questions about what duty nations have to citizens detained abroad, even those affiliated with a terrorist group.
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Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria

Kurdistan News - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 02:36
The president appears to be trying to balance competing impulses: bringing troops home while ensuring that efforts to contain ISIS will continue — and answering withering criticism for his Syria policy.
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Erdogan’s Ambitions Go Beyond Syria. He Says He Wants Nuclear Weapons.

Kurdistan News - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 01:16
A month before invading Kurdish areas in Syria, Turkey’s president said he “cannot accept” the West’s restrictions that keep him from a bomb.
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As U.S. Leaves Allies in Syria, Kurdish Commander Struggles With Fallout

Kurdistan News - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:41
Mazlum Kobani, whose Kurdish-led force fought the Islamic State in Syria, fears that a complete United States withdrawal could endanger his people and allow the jihadists to regroup.
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Trump Takes Incoherence and Inhumanity and Calls It Foreign Policy

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 21:30
He was right when he said, “Foreign policy is what I’ll be remembered for.”
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Trump’s Gut, and the Gutting of American Credibility

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 03:11
Kurds always get shafted. Still, this was American perfidy.
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Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 02:01
Abandoned by the U.S., Kurdish forces are doubly angry at who is seeking to replace them: Turkish-allied Syrian fighters the United States had long rejected as extremists, criminals and thugs.
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I Did Not Join the Army to Abandon Our Allies

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 01:12
A captain wonders if the Kurdish soldiers he served alongside in Syria three months ago are now dead.
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I Joined the Army to Prevent Genocide, Not to Pave the Way for One

Kurdistan News - Sat, 10/19/2019 - 01:11
The U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria is immoral and un-American, says this national guard captain.
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Turkish President Slams Trump’s Letter for ‘Lack of Respect’

Kurdistan News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 21:25
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said, “We will not forget this lack of respect” after receiving a letter from President Trump warning, “Don’t be a fool!”
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Clashes and Confusion Mar Attempt at Cease-Fire in Syria

Kurdistan News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:04
A day after Vice President Mike Pence announced a pause in the battle between Turkish and Kurdish forces, there were conflicting reports of whether Turkish troops were advancing or holding fire.
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Turkey’s Victory Over Donald Trump

Kurdistan News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 02:30
The Turkish president got what he wanted — as did Russia and Iran.
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‘It’s Not a Choice:’ Syrians Flee After Turkish Forces Bombard Their Homes

Kurdistan News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 00:43
Since Turkish forces attacked Kurdish-controlled territory in northeast Syria, almost two thousand refugees have fled the country. We spoke with some of them in Bardarash refugee camp, across the border in Iraq.
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Turkey Agrees to Pause Fighting, but Not to Withdraw Forces From Northern Syria

Kurdistan News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:46
After talks in Ankara, Vice President Mike Pence said the agreement would ‘‘save lives,’’ while Turkey said ‘‘we got what we wanted.’’
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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

Kurdistan News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 13:00
President Trump’s troop withdrawal ignited a predicted outburst of chaos and carnage in the Middle East.
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Fact-Checking Trump on Syria, Erdogan and the Kurds

Kurdistan News - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 02:48
The president wrongly claimed that a violent Kurdish separatist group was “more of a terrorist threat” than ISIS, among other inaccurate claims.
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7 Days in Syria: Trump Abandoned the Kurds. Mayhem Followed.

Kurdistan News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 22:51
On Sunday Oct. 6, President Trump announced that Turkey would move forward with an offensive in northeast Syria after U.S. troops pulled out of the area. Since then, American-allied Kurdish forces have been under attack, over 200,000 people have been displaced and the threat of ISIS’s resurgence looms. Our video traces how we got here in just one week.
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In Bipartisan Rebuke, House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal

Kurdistan News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 21:54
The move was an overwhelming condemnation of the president’s decision to pull back American troops inside Syria.
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The World Condemns Erdogan’s War on Kurds. But Turkey Applauds.

Kurdistan News - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 21:26
Attacked abroad, and facing a raft of sanctions, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may nevertheless be getting what he wants from Turkey’s invasion of Kurdish-held Syria.
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