19.10.19 Syrian Kurds are Now Holding Daily Mass Funerals.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to give a green light to a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria effectively abandoned one of America’s closest allies in the fight against Islamic State to an uncertain future. The People’s Protection Units, or YPG, had been a major component of the U.S.-led effort to combat Islamic State in Syria and had wound up in control of approximately a third of the country. Turkey views the YPG as a security threat due to its ties to separatist Kurds in Turkey and moved against the group to push it back from its border. The offensive raises questions about the fate of tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and their families in Kurdish custody. About 10,000 refugees had crossed into Iraq’s Kurdish north since the Turkish operation began, according to the UN Refugee Agency and International Organization for Migration, and more are expected. Tens of thousands have abandoned their homes across northern Syria, a new humanitarian crisis in a part of the country where a semblance of stability had been established. It's a complicated picture in a complicated region. But for the Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting, it is a simple story of survival. And Kurdish anger is not reserved for Turkey or its proxy-fighters as they pummel Kurdish towns and villages. Many say they will not forget what they see as a betrayal by the U.S. president. Credit: CNN
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