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Turkey begins military offensive in Syria, days after Trump announced pullback of US troops

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    hungariantoast
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    Perhaps not worth their own topic since these are really short for sources and I don't want to flood Tildes with topics about the invasion, but the latest news seems to suggest that the Syrian...

    Perhaps not worth their own topic since these are really short for sources and I don't want to flood Tildes with topics about the invasion, but the latest news seems to suggest that the Syrian Democratic Forces have successfully defended themselves against the first wave of Turkish attacks:

    (These reports come from CNN and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Both are reputable sources.)

    A Wikipedia page for the invasion was also created today and should be kept relatively up-to-date as time goes on:


    I should also mention, no one seems to actually know what the fuck is going on with the US soldiers in the area of Northeastern Syria. There are conflicting reports of a total withdrawal of all US troops from the area, reports indicating that it was just the relocation of 50 to 100 soldiers, and reports that the US was just pulling its forces back from the Turkish border so Turkey could take control of a "30 kilometer safe zone" (which you can see in this image).

    What exactly the US forces are doing and what agreements or concessions were made with Turkey is going to be key in understanding what might happen next.

    Unfortunately, that information is slowly developing.

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    1. Flashynuff
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      that's good to hear. abandoning the kurds is one of the lowest things trump has ever done, and that's a high bar to clear

      that's good to hear. abandoning the kurds is one of the lowest things trump has ever done, and that's a high bar to clear

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    2. joelthelion
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      Kurds have the advantage of highly experienced troops, but it's hard to imagine them resisting in the long run, with the immense resource superiority of the Turkish army. I hope outside pressure...

      but the latest news seems to suggest that the Syrian Democratic Forces have successfully defended themselves against the first wave of Turkish attacks:

      Kurds have the advantage of highly experienced troops, but it's hard to imagine them resisting in the long run, with the immense resource superiority of the Turkish army. I hope outside pressure will cause Erdogan to stop soon, but even that seems unlikely, since I don't think anyone is really willing to oppose the Turks.