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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WNU Editor: President Trump’s remarks that the U.S. going into the Middle East was the “worst decision” ever may be right …. Trump: US going into Middle East was ‘worst decision ever (AFP). But this decision to abandon the Kurds and trust Turkish President Erdogan will not exploit the situation to destroy the Syrian Kurds may end up being President Trump’s worst decision ever made.