Syrian Kurds seal deal with Damascus to fend off Turkey

Kurdish officials in northern Syria say they are working with the Assad government in Damascus to fend off Turkey’s military in their region.

In a political and military shift, Kurdish-led forces are to deploy side-by-side with government troops in the Kurdish-controlled region at the country’s border with Turkey.

The deal was announced after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of most of its troops in Syria, opening the way for Turkey to launch its attack.

US forces had been supporting the Kurds in the battle against the so-called Islamic State.

Turkey sees the Kurdish SDF fighters in the region as terrorists, and is aiming to create a safe zone to resettle Syrian refugees living in Turkey.

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