When Cities of Hope are Surrounded: Turkey’s Desire to Destroy Syria’s Kurds

Since the sudden announcement made by Trump to withdraw US troops from Rojava / Northern Syria, the Kurds have faced a period of intense uncertainty. We have watched political events unfold with mounting confusion, anger, and shock, as the international community continues to pay lip service to protecting the Kurds from Turkish incursion. Trump justified his increased links to Turkey and the sudden announcement to withdraw from Syria by stating that ISIS was essentially defeated. This was despite the fact that many of the young Kurdish men and women within the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) were still engaged in fierce clashes against ISIS in Syria.

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