Claims that the US has abandoned the Kurds to a Turkish offensive persist. The US and the Kurds once fought together in Syria and now the Kurds feel betrayed.
Ankara has been accused of holding eastern Europe hostage as it refuses to back NATO's collective defensive. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland had called on NATO to set up a defense against Russia.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the Pentagon was considering sending troops and armored vehicles to protect oil fields, controlled by Syrian Kurds, which might fall into the hands of the "Islamic State."
Washington and Ankara have agreed to a cease-fire in northern Syria, but the deal leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Experts say these will present hurdles on the way to establishing a safe zone.
Turkey has begun an assault on US-backed Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria that many fear will destabilize the region. The offensive threatens to create a huge chasm between Turkey and the US.
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