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Trump ordered the withdrawal of the about 1,000 U.S. troops left in northern Syria late Saturday. He made the decision after indications that Turkey intends to expand its attack "farther south than originally planned and to the west."

Trump orders withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria, days after Pentagon downplays possibility

The decision was made Saturday amid signs that Turkey’s offensive in Syria is deepening.
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-10-13 at 13:37

Kurds turn to Assad for help after being abandoned by Trump. "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi, commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday last week.

U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

The deal between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad further dimmed the prospect of continued U.S. presence in Syria.
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