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It Has Begun: Turkey Launches Massive Attack Against Kurds As U.S. Forces Withdraw

Turkish forces have launched a massive attack against Kurdish forces and the anti-Assad Syrian Democratic Forces militia in Syria and Iraq near the Turkish border on Monday evening, hours after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave the region, The Jerusalem Post Reports.

According to the news agency, Turkish forces attacked SDF positions in the city of al-Malikiyah in the Hasakah area in northern Syria. The SDF includes Kurds and others in eastern Syria which the US has helped train, assist and advise during the war on ISIS.

The attacks were carried out in the Gara region near the Turkey-Iraq border.

“Turkey’s unprovoked attack on our areas will have a negative impact on our fight against ISIS and the stability and peace we have created in the region in recent years,” said the SDF in a press statement. “As the Syrian Democratic Forces, we are determined to defend our land at all costs.”

Turkey will move forward with its long-planned military operation in northern Syria and U.S. forces will not support or be involved in it, the White House press secretary announced early Monday morning.

Earlier on Monday, the United States announced that it would be withdrawing from Syria.

“The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” said the White House press secretary on Monday morning.

Read the entire report here.

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