Turkey-Syria border: Kurds bitter as US troops withdraw

(BBC) – US troops have begun withdrawing from positions in northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters in the border area.

Kurdish-led forces have until now been a key US ally in Syria, where they helped defeat the Islamic State group, but Turkey regards them as terrorists.

The main Kurdish-led group called the surprise US move a “stab in the back”.

But President Donald Trump defended the pullout, saying it was time “to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars”.

The withdrawal represents a significant shift in US foreign policy and goes against the advice of senior officials in the Pentagon and state department.

It follows a White House statement issued late on Sunday, saying US troops were stepping aside for an imminent Turkish operation.

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