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Gary R. Bunt

Northern Syria Updates

Coverage of the Northern Syria invasion:

Bloomberg, Northern Syria Turkey Begins Offensive in Syria After U.S. Stands Aside "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the operation, code-named Spring of Peace, on Twitter and said it would also target Islamic State. Russia, Iran and a top EU official urged Turkey to act with restraint amid concerns that renewed chaos in Syria would lead to a jihadist resurgence and push the Kurds, America’s allies in the fight against IS, into the arms of President Bashar al-Assad. "
Nick Paton Walsh, CNN Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Putin and Assad, "Trump's fast-hatched deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominally attributes responsibility for ISIS fighters to Turkey. But it does not explain how these dangerous militants, of multiple nationalities, will be transferred from deep inside the Kurdish enclave, into Turkish hands, without Turkish forces surging far further towards the Iraqi border than planned. "
AP, The Latest: Germany condemns Turkey offensive into Syria (rolling coverage)
CNN, Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is a gift to Putin and Assad
Independent, Turkey’s attack on Syria stokes fears of mass Isis prison break
NYT, Abandoned by U.S. in Syria, Kurds Find New Ally in American Foe "Kurdish forces long allied with the United States in Syria announced a new deal on Sunday with the government in Damascus, a sworn enemy of Washington that is backed by Russia, as Turkish troops moved deeper into their territory and President Trump ordered the withdrawal of the American military from northern Syria."
BBC News, British orphans found trapped in Syria IS camp

Guardian, Kurdish politician among nine civilians shot dead by pro-Turkey forces in Syria "A Kurdish political leader, Hevrin Khalaf, and her driver were among those killed on Saturday, according to Kurdish forces. Handheld videos captured by the assassins widely distributed on the internet also show several people being repeatedly shot by the side of a road. Their killers are heard to shout insults as they fire their military weapons at them. US officials have suggested the footage is authentic."

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