Kurds accept Russian-brokered accord with Assad; regime troops to counter Turkish offensive

Kurds accept Russian-brokered accord with Assad; regime troops to counter Turkish offensive
Turkish strikes begin on Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, 9 Oct 2019. CNN video

[Ed. – Pretty much what I thought would happen.  The Kurds know how to live to fight another day.  It looks like this is Russia’s show, not Iran’s, but always important to ask where Soleimani is and what he’s doing.]

The West’s Kurdish allies on Sunday night announced they had agreed to a Russian-brokered deal to allow the Assad regime into their territory in a bid to spare their cities from a Turkish assault after they were abandoned by Donald Trump. 

Hours after the US said it was withdrawing all of its troops from northern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had reached an agreement to allow Bashar al-Assad’s troops into their territory. …

While the formal details of the agreement were not announced, Syrian regime forces appeared poised to enter many of the key Kurdish-held cities along the Turkish-Syrian border, including Kobani, Manbij and Qamishli.  Many of the areas hold vast symbolic importance for the Kurds, who have lost 11,000 men fighting against the Islamic State (Isil) in the last five years to free those cities from jihadist rule.

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