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As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

Conflict & Justice

Human rights groups warn that a Turkish invasion could trigger a new exodus of refugees, and worsen an already dire humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.

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At least 11 civilians have been killed and an estimated 64,000 displaced in Kurdish-held areas over the first three days of fighting, according to aid groups.

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The assault on the Kurds — for years Washington’s main allies on the ground in Syria — is potentially one of the biggest shifts in years in an eight-year war that has drawn in global and regional powers.

A semicircle of Kurdish female fighters of the Women's Protection Unit (YPJ) gesturing V for Victory symbols in the Sheikh Maksoud neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Who are the Kurds?


Following US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will pull out of northeast Syria, the Kurds, an ethnic group split across four countries, could face an attack by Turkey. They’ve been fighting for autonomy for a century.

US and Turkish military forces conduct a joint ground patrol inside the security mechanism area in northeast, Syria, October 4, 2019.

US pullout from Syria could bring ‘another rise of ISIS’ researcher says


If US troops leave Syria, Kurds may no longer be able to hold the line against ISIS attacks, says a researcher with the Rojava Information Center, a research and advocacy group for the Kurdish areas of Syria.

Kurdish fighters driving Toyota SUVs with green and yellow flags on top are shown driving in head of US military MRAP vehicles.

US-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal

The US-led coalition against ISIS has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, a spokesman said on Friday.