US troops are withdrawing from the border area with Turkey in northeastern Syria.
In a statement released on October 6, the White House de-facto gave a green light to the Turkish military operation in the area. Washington said that its forces “will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will not longer be in the immediate area.”
Kurdish militias, which are the core of the US-backed Syrian Deocratic Forces, have just lost the US protection from a possible Turkish military action.
Last weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country was not satisfied by the progress of the ‘safe zone’ agreement implementation and that Turkey was ready to launch a military operation in the area on its own. Ankara describes US-backed Kurdish militias as terrorist groups.
According to photos appearing online, US troops have already abandoned their military garrison in Tel Arqam, on the border with Turkey.
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