In Jerusalem, national security adviser John Bolton told reporters that U.S. troops will remain in Syria until the situation with ISIS is resolved and U.S. Kurdish allies are granted guarantees from Turkey. This represents a departure from previous Trump administration statements regarding an imminent departure from Syria. What are the details? “There are objectives that
With U.S. military forces set to withdraw entirely from Syria in the near future, the United States’ Kurdish allies are caught between the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, against whom they had rebelled, and an offensive by the Turkish government that has vowed to wipe them off the map. Faced with this choice, the
Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish officials met with Iranian counterparts this week as Tehran makes a bid to convince the Kurds to abandon their relationship with the United States. In Iraq, the Islamic Republic is trying to woo the country’s Kurds after clashes between the two sides over the Kurdish efforts to break away from Baghdad.
Turkey insists it has reached an agreement to work with the United States to bring the fight to Manbij, Syria, as part of its post-Afrin efforts to expand its aggressive military operation to other Kurdish-held areas further east and into Iraq if necessary. On Monday, a day after the Turkey military seized Afrin, President Recep
The fuse may be lit on a major new crisis in war-torn Syria, as Turkish forces and their local allies push deeper into Syrian territory and threaten Manbij, a city where U.S. troops are deployed. Reuters noted on Monday that Turkish officials, up to and including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have warned foreign forces to clear