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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.”

“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”

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

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.

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.

“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”

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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