U.S. troops have begun withdrawing from northeast Syria as Turkey prepares to invade Kurdish-controlled areas of the nation. For years, the Kurds have been shut allies to the US within the battle in opposition to ISIS. On Sunday, nevertheless, the White Home launched an announcement that shocked many within the area, saying that Turkey can be “shifting ahead with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria,” following a cellphone name between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “America Armed Forces is not going to help or be concerned in that operation, and the US forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will not be within the rapid space,” the assertion mentioned. The announcement marks a significant shift in U.S. coverage, since as lately as January President Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacked Kurdish forces in Syria. In the meantime, in neighboring Iraq, the demise toll continues to rise as police and troopers fireplace on individuals defying a government-imposed curfew in mass anti-government protests. For extra on occasions within the area, we communicate with Patrick Cockburn, Center East correspondent for The Impartial newspaper.