Tag: Syrian Democratic Forces

Erdogan and Putin Meet as Syria Cease-Fire Nears an End

SOCHI, Russia — The leaders of Turkey and Russia were meeting at this Black Sea resort city on Tuesday, an opportunity for both of them to consolidate their gains in Syria in the wake of President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of American troops. The meeting began hours before the end of an American-brokered truce between Turkish […]

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Despite Vow to End ‘Endless Wars,’ Here’s Where About 200,000 Troops Remain

President Trump has repeatedly promised to end what he calls America’s “endless wars,” fulfilling a promise he made during the campaign. No wars have ended, though, and more troops have deployed to the Middle East in recent months than have come home. Mr. Trump is not so much ending wars, as he is moving troops […]

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ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria

American forces and their Kurdish-led partners in Syria had been conducting as many as a dozen counterterrorism missions a day against Islamic State militants, officials said. That has stopped. Those same partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, had also been quietly releasing some Islamic State prisoners and incorporating them into their ranks, in part as a […]

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

QAMISHLI, Syria — A long convoy of United States troops crossed into Iraq from Syria early Monday, accelerating a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria that set the stage for the Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled land. More than 100 American military vehicles left Syrian Kurdish territory in the early hours of the morning, according […]

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Kurds’ Sense of Betrayal Compounded by Empowerment of Unsavory Rivals

DOHUK, Iraq — The United States had encouraged its Kurdish allies to dismantle their defenses in northern Syria, saying it would make it easier to assure Turkey that the Kurds posed no threat. So in recent months, according to three American officials involved, the Kurds blew up tunnels and destroyed trenches, leaving themselves vulnerable as […]

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Assad Forces Surge Forward in Syria as U.S. Pulls Back

DOHUK, Iraq — Syrian government forces streamed into the country’s northeast on Monday, seizing towns where they had not stepped foot in years and filling a vacuum opened up by President Trump’s decision to abandon the United States’ Syrian Kurdish allies. Less than a week after Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria with Mr. […]

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Who Are the Kurds, and Why Is Turkey Attacking Them in Syria?

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria has complicated an already chaotic war. What began eight years ago as a series of nonviolent protests against the Syrian government morphed into an international conflict, between dozens of local factions, the Islamic State and several foreign countries. Now, an American ally is attacking a group […]

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Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Forces Move Into Area Hit by Turkey

Here’s what you need to know: Syrian Army joins Kurds in a major power shift. ImageSyrian troops entered Tel Tamer on Monday shortly after the government forged an alliance with Kurdish forces.CreditDelil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The Syrian Army entered the town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria, the state news media reported on […]

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Syria Live Updates: Assad’s Army Faces Off With Turkey

ImageSyrian Democratic Forces fighters killed during the Turkish advance in the Syrian town of Qamishli are buried on Saturday.CreditBaderkhan Ahmad/Associated Press Kurds seek help from a surprising new ally: Assad. It has been only a week since President Trump pulled back American forces in Syria and effectively gave Turkey the green light to cross the […]

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The Kurds’ Prisons and Detention Camps for ISIS Members, Explained

WASHINGTON — The escalating chaos in northern Syria as Turkey presses forward with its attack on the United States’ erstwhile Kurdish allies is raising fears about the fate of thousands of Islamic State detainees that the Kurds have been holding in makeshift wartime prisons. When announcing that he had cleared the way for the Turkish […]

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Defense Secretary Announces Withdrawal From Northern Syria

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday that President Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that will effectively cede control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia, and could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State. Mr. Esper, appearing on both Fox News and CBS […]

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Pullback Leaves Green Berets Feeling ‘Ashamed,’ and Kurdish Allies Describing ‘Betrayal’

WASHINGTON — American commandos were working alongside Kurdish forces at an outpost in eastern Syria last year when they were attacked by columns of Syrian government tanks and hundreds of troops, including Russian mercenaries. In the next hours, the Americans threw the Pentagon’s arsenal at them, including B-52 strategic bombers. The attack was stopped. That […]

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Hundreds of ISIS Supporters Flee Detention Amid Turkish Airstrikes

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of relatives of Islamic State fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp on Sunday morning after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area, an aid group said, deepening the crisis prompted by the Turkish-led invasion of northern Syria. The escapes raised fears that the attempts to contain affiliates of the militant group were […]

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Militants Backed by Turkey Kill at Least Two Prisoners in Syria

Turkish-backed militants fighting in Syria killed at least two Kurdish prisoners on Saturday, one of them lying on the side of the road with his hands bound behind his back, according to a video from the scene and a fighter who said he witnessed the killings. In the video, two of the rebels fire bullets […]

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Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man.

The time is the early 1980s. The place is the South China Sea. A sailor aboard the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier, spots a leaky boat jammed with people fleeing tyranny in Indochina. As he helps bring the desperate refugees to safety, one of them calls out: “Hello, American sailor — Hello, Freedom Man.” It’s […]

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Turmoil Spreads in Kurdish-Held Syria as Turkish Invasion Enters 3rd Day

AKCAKALE, Turkey — A mounting sense of turmoil spread across Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria as a Turkish-led incursion of the region entered its third day on Friday, with tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the bombardment, the abandonment of a major hospital on the front line and warnings of an imminent revival of the […]

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Trump Says the Kurds ‘Didn’t Help’ at Normandy. Here’s the History.

President Trump drew an odd historical parallel this week as he defended his decision to pull American support from allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, leaving them vulnerable to a Turkish offensive that began on Wednesday. “They’re fighting for their land,” Mr. Trump said of the Kurds on Wednesday. “And as somebody wrote in a […]

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Kurds, Turkey and the U.S.: 5 Years of Tension, Alliances and Conflict

Turkey’s military strike on Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria — a group long regarded as the United States’ most reliable Syrian partner in its fight against the Islamic State — has been years in the making. To Turkey, an important American ally and NATO member, those fighters are terrorists bent on undermining the […]

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Death Toll Climbs as Turkish Offensive in Syria Enters 2nd Day

SANLIURFA, Turkey — Fighting lit up the sky early Thursday as Turkish troops pressed their air and ground offensive against United States-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. At least 16 Kurds were reported to have been killed, one monitoring group said. Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in the Tel Abyad and […]

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