‘Stab in the back’: Kurdish forces decry US pullout from Syria
Syrian Democratic Forces denounce US move, pledge to defend ‘at all costs’ if Turkey carries out long-threatened attack.
The Kurdish-led forces who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group in Syria have accused Washington of reneging on its commitments by pulling out troops from the country’s northeast and clearing the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-controlled region.
In a statement on Monday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pledged to “defend our land at all costs”, with the group also calling Washington’s move “a stab in the back”.
The SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), was Washington’s main ally in Syria in the fight against ISIL. In recent years, they have expanded their control in northern and eastern Syria, in a vast area stretching 480km (300 miles) from the Euphrates River to the Iraq border.
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Syria: Kurds vow to form ‘human shields’ to fend off looming push
Turkey has long warned of operation in the region to set up ‘safe zone’ to host Syrian refugees and push out enemies
by Farah Najjar
October 8. 2019
Kurdish civilians in northeastern Syria are planning to stage open-ended sit-ins in areas near the border with Turkey in response to a looming Turkish military operation, according to local activists and journalists.
Sitting in “huge tents”, people of all ages have begun gathering in the towns of Ras al-Ain, Tal Abyad and Kobane.
“[They] want to stand as human shields to prevent a Turkish advance,” said Arin Sheikhmous, an activist based in Qamishli, where hundreds also gathered outside a United Nations office to call for international action.
Read more at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/syria-kurds-vow-form-human-shields-fend-looming-push-191007205116067.html