• The general who led the fight against ISIS says Trump's new policy 'breaks that trust' after years of hard fighting

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Associated Press
    Retired Army Gen. Joseph Votel, former head of US Central Command, expressed disappointment with Trump's decision to remove troops as Turkey prepares to launch military operations in northeast Syria.
    The military order requires US forces to stand aside as Turkey is expected to launch strikes against Kurdish forces.
    Votel, who oversaw the US's fight against the Islamic State before his retirement earlier this year, described the US decision as "abrupt policy" that appeared to "abandon our Kurdish partners."
    "It didn't have to be this way," Votel wrote. "The US worked...
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  • A brutal dictator, warring US partners, and a former al-Qaeda branch: Here's who controls Syria now

    A brutal dictator, warring US partners, and a former al-Qaeda branch: Here's who controls Syria now

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Reuters
    Who controls which parts of Syria has changed dramatically since the civil war began in 2011.
    While Kurdish forces control a large swath of northeastern Syria, a Turkish incursion threatens to change that.
    Syrian President Bashar Assad, who used chemical weapons against his own people, now controls about half the country.
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    Since the Syrian civil war started in 2011, who controls what parts of the country has changed dramatically.
    President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to pull US forces from Kurdish-controlled areas in...
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  • 11,000 Kurds died fighting ISIS and now the US is abandoning them - who will help America next time?

    11,000 Kurds died fighting ISIS and now the US is abandoning them - who will help America next time?

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Rodi Said / REUTERS
    US President Donald Trump's announcement late Sunday night that the US would withdraw troops from northeastern Syria was a stunning betrayal of the US's Kurdish partner forces in the fight against ISIS, military leaders and experts say.
    Kurdish forces have sustained nearly 11,000 casualties in the fight against ISIS; now, they prepare for a new battlefront against a Turkish invasion into Syrian territory they control, while the US watches.
    "The value of an American handshake is depreciating," Brett McGurk, who resigned from his post as Special Presidential Envoy for the...
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