Exclusive: U.S.-backed Syrian forces halt counter-Islamic State operations -sources

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    Ohio Barbarian
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    WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters have halted operations for now against Islamic State in Syria as Turkey launches a military offensive in Syria’s northeast, two U.S. officials and a Kurdish military source said on Wednesday.

    “The SDF stopped the anti-ISIS operations because it’s impossible to carry out any operation while you are being threatened by a large army right on the northern border,” the Kurdish military source said.

    One of the U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspension also impacted U.S. training of stabilization forces in Syria.

    It was unclear whether the pause affected every aspect of U.S.-partnered operations against Islamic State or whether there might be exceptions. The U.S. military was not immediately available for comment.

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    peacecorps
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    Not only will they cease their operations against ISIS. There are reports that the Kurds have over 10,000 ISIS fighters in their prisons. Let’s hope that those Kurdish prison guards don’t get called away to more pressing duty against Turkey’s army.

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  • #182160

    Yanath
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    The US, according to the Reuters, is “caught in the middle” of the conflicts in that region.

    Here’s another one:

    “The U.S. military had hoped…to help prevent a resurgence of Islamic State”

    Those are some real knee slappers.

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