There were rumors of a deal being sought by the Kurds with the Russians, and it has come true. It’s now a war between the Kurds and the Syrians against the Turkish invasion.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) October 13, 2019
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The primarily Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS, has struck a deal with the Syrian government to help protect the northeastern Syrian border against a military offensive by Turkey, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria ahead of a military incursion announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has caused intense bipartisan backlash, with many accusing Trump of abandoning an ally. The deal will result in forces loyal to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Russia and Iran, returning to areas that had been under Kurdish control for 7 years.
The big picture: Earlier on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that the U.S. would relocate 1,000 troops from northeastern Syria as fighting escalated.
And in the midst of fighting, ISIS prisoners have escaped. Man, President Obama really screwed this one up. Also Trump really won this one. I guess? #MAGA!!!
This should come as a surprise to no one. Trump said he wanted to outsource the Middle East problem to Russia and Putin, and that’s what he did.