Kurdish forces who feared being abandoned by the United States were talking to the Syrian government and the Russians for more than a year before President Trump ordered US forces out of the country. Syria’s Kurdish fighters have long been America’s battlefield allies against the Islamic State – but feared a Turkish attack if the US withdrew. When the Kurds announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works for more than a year. The Kurds opened a back channel to the Syrian government and the Russians in 2018, and those talks ramped up significantly in recent weeks, American, Kurdish and Russian officials told The Associated Press. ‘We warned the Kurds that the Americans will ditch them,’ Russia’s ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, told Russia’s Tass news agency on Monday. Russian and Syrian national flags flutter on military vehicles near Manbij, Syria on Tuesday Russia’s ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said: ‘We warned the Kurds that the Americans will ditch them’ The switch in allegiances is a stark illustration of how… Read full this story
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