The Kurdish People Made a Deal With the Devil

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Ryan Lau | @ryanlau71r

The Kurdish people have been in a pickle for decades. As Turkey begins an assault against the stateless nation, the situation only appears to be worsening; many people across the globe have placed blame on President Trump for moving small numbers of troops away from the Kurdish region of Syria. But it’s far from the first time the United States has turned blind eye to their so-called ally in the Middle East, so why does Kurdistan continue to place faith in the Pentagon?

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Turkey’s War With the Kurds is Inevitable

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Daniel Szewc | @szewc_daniel

Sparking international tensions is nothing new in the Middle-East. However, no matter how disliked Syria is globally, Turkey’s desire to invade Kurdistan is no laughing matter. The infringement on national borders by a rising power in the region is undoubtedly not a minor issue.

The answer to why Turkey, a NATO member, would decide to invade its neighbor is not a single reason. Rather, it is an amalgamation of reasons that mostly boil down to geography, money, and influence. One thing remains certain: there are too many incentives for Erdogan to ignore.

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Turkey Launches Invasion into Northern Syria

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Richard Scott Howard | SYRIA

On October 9, reports began to come in that Turkish forces crossed the Syrian border and engaged with the Kurdish militias in northern Syria. 

The assault, which began days after President Donald Trump authorized the withdrawal of American troops from the region, started with airstrikes against Kurdish outposts. Turkish troops have also entered the nation east of the Euphrates. Both the airstrikes and the land invasion have caused the Kurdish forces in the region to lament the US retreat. A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish-led militia in control of northeastern Syria, said that the invasion was causing “a huge panic among people in the region.”

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