Since Donald Trump executed the order to remove nearly 1,000 troops supporting the Kurds in their fight against the Islamic State, nothing has gone as planned.
Now serious players are intrusively trying to take control of northern Syria. With the absence of America, Russia now finds itself to be the main power broker in the country.
Clashes early on Friday have tested the mandatory cease-fire that has been put into place between Kurdish and Turkish soldiers. The Russian-backed Syrian government has now moved forces into the area in efforts to reclaim territory they’ve lost during this eight-year war.
This week following the pact agreement Turkish forces put their military campaign on hold starting Wednesday. They are giving Kurdish fighters 150 hours to exit the 20-mile-length belt Turkey is calling a safe zone.
Thursday morning thousands of civilians have had to flee their homes as Turkey and the local allies have began performing ground assaults using artillery weapons that are shelling on several bordering villages, this is according to Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
Turkey dismissed the claim, but have accused the Kurds of targeting its forces. The press office for Turkey’s president said five Turkish soldiers were injured on Thursday.
The U.S. exit allowed for Syrian government forces to enter Kurdish held areas and strike fear that the resurgence of Islamic State Fighters is a real possibility.
(Image and Source courtesy of The Wall Street Journal)