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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US is "preparing to evacuate" its remaining 1,000 troops in northern Syria, as per a Saturday night authorization for "deliberate withdrawal" by President Donald Trump.

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He also said that Kurdish forces are looking to work with Syrians and Russians to counter-attack against Turkish forces in the north, and that American forces could be caught in the crosshairs.
Hundreds of Islamic State group supporters escaped from a displacement camp in the area and there were reports of alleged atrocities amid growing international alarm.

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“More Than 700 ISIS Supporters Have Escaped Syrian Camp Amid Heavy Fighting”

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"When we heard the news of American withdrawals, well, it was over Twitter, we had no idea, we were like, 'What is this shit?'"

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Just wait til the Kurds read about this..

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that Turkey “appears to be” committing war crimes in its incursion into northern Syria.

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Asked whether he thought Turkey, a NATO ally, would deliberately attack American troops in Syria, Esper said, “I don’t know whether they would or wouldn’t.”

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“Defense Secretary Esper says move aims to prevent troops being trapped between advancing Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces, but it clears the way for expanded attacks against the Kurds”

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"We are witnessing ethnic cleansing in Syria by Turkey, the destruction of a reliable ally in the Kurds, and the reemergence of ISIS,"

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As the Turkish invasion into northern Syria proceeds, the region has seemingly descended into violent chaos, with videos emerging of Turkish proxies slaughtering US allies.

businessinsider.com/syria-isis-rel…
In addition, about 700 relatives of ISIS fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp after a Turkish airstrike hit nearby, prompting 13,000 people, mostly displaced refugees, to flee.
The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations at a Russian airbase in Syria.

aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/t…
“Russian Air Force has long been accused of striking hospitals in support of Assad’s campaign, now evidence traces a series of attacks earlier this year directly to Russian pilots”

independent.co.uk/news/world/mid…
Schiff noted that former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis had repeatedly warned Trump "it's absolutely a given" ISIS will return to the region.

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