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(CNSNews.com) – Reports coming in overnight Sunday indicate that Syrian Kurdish leaders are ceding their territory to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, effectively surrendering their dream of autonomy in the face of Turkey’s military onslaught.
And Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that the U.S. was withdrawing 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria, to prevent them from being “caught between two opposing advancing armies.”
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Five days after Turkey invaded to clear the area of Kurds whom it considers to be terrorists – an operation that has produced alleged war crimes and facilitated the escape of unknown numbers of captured ISIS terrorists –Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leaders struck a deal with the Assad regime, reportedly with the help of Assad’s Russian allies.
“We had to deal with the Syrian government that has the duty of protecting the country’s borders and preserve Syrian sovereignty,” the Kurdish leadership explained in a statement posted by the Kurdish Firat news agency.
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This would enable regime forces to “deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border to support the SDF to repel this aggression and liberate the areas entered by the Turkish army and its hired mercenaries,” it said.
The statement recalled the key role played by the SDF in the U.S.-led drive to defeat ISIS in the country, a campaign which it said led to the liberation of an area comprising one-third of Syria’s territory – at the cost of 11,000 SDF fighters’ lives.
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“Our political project in northern and eastern Syria did not call for secession, but we have been calling for dialogue and resolving the Syrian crisis peacefully,” it said. “We did not attack any country, especially Turkey, though it persists to call us terrorists while it played an important role in supporting terrorism in Syria. Today, Turkey is invading the Syrian territory liberated by the SDF with the blood and sacrifices of its children.”
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