US defence chief: We’re not abandoning the Kurds in Syria

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Exclusive: Turkey Attacks US Special Forces in Syria, Apparently by Mistake

A contingent of U.S. Special Forces was caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria, days after President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart he would withdraw U.S. troops from certain positions in the area. A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense.

Newsweek has learned through both an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and the senior Pentagon official that Special Forces operating on Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces conducting their so-called “Operation Peace Spring” against Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S. but considered terrorist organizations by Turkey. No injuries have been reported.

Publisher: Newsweek
Date: 2019-10-11T14:49:53-04:00
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White House threatens Turkey with ‘very powerful’ sanctions

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The international community must stop Turkey’s ethnic cleansing plans in northern Syria

Under the guise of fighting terrorism and ‘securing’ the border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s real plan is to remove Kurds from that border and radically re-engineer local demographics. US defence chief: We're not abandoning the Kurds in Syria /en- us /news/world/ us-defence-chief-were-not-abandoning -the-kurds-in... "To be clear, we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces , and US troops remain with them in other parts of Syria. The impulsive action of President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan to invade northern... The initial Turkish attacks have already displaced an estimated 100,000 people, marking the fourth Turkish intervention in Syria since 2016.

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The Turk and the President

President Trump prides himself on one-on-one diplomacy, but too often it results in rash and damaging decisions like his abrupt order Sunday for U.S. troops to retreat from northern Syria. Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now dictating terms to the American President, and the consequences are likely to be felt far beyond Syria and Turkey.

Publisher: WSJ
Date: 2019-10-11T22:52:00.000Z
Author: The Editorial Board
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Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’

Defense Secretary Mark Esper pushed back strongly against the notion that the United States is abandoning its Kurdish partners after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from the border ahead of a massive Turkish incursion into northern Syria.’

His comments came as the Pentagon announced Friday that it is dispatching additional military forces to Saudi Arabia, just days after Trump vowed to get U.S. troops out of the Middle East.’

Asked about the threat to U.S. forces during the press conference, before news of the incident emerged, Gen. Mark Milley, the newly minted chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. and Turkish officials are closely coordinated.

Publisher: Foreign Policy
Author: Lara Seligman
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