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Sensitive Content Disaster is unfolding in Syria as videos emerge of US allies being slaughtered and hundreds of ISIS prisoners escape during airstrikes

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Relatives of Halil Yagmur, 64, who was killed Friday during mortar shelling from Syria, mourn over his grave at the cemetery in the town of Suruc, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.  Associated Press/Emrah Gurel

  • As the Turkish invasion into northern Syria proceeds, the region has seemingly descended into violent chaos, with videos emerging of Turkish proxies slaughtering US allies. 
  • In addition, about 700 relatives of ISIS fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp after a Turkish airstrike hit nearby, prompting 13,000 people, mostly displaced refugees, to flee.
  • The humanitarian aid group Save the Children confirmed to The New York Times that all foreign nationals, including the women and children who are relatives of ISIS fighters and were being held in a secure facility, had left the camp.
  • It is unclear whether the women and children escaped entirely or were apprehended by coalition forces who brought them to a central facility. Sources told the Times "a mix of the two" happened.
  • The Turkish invasion began shortly after President Donald Trump announced US troops would be repositioning away from Kurdish forces, who have been US allies in the fight against ISIS.
  • On Sunday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that the remaining 1,000 US troops in northern Syria would be withdrawn, as intelligence shows a more expansive Turkish invasion and a possible Kurdish counter-attack in conjunction with Syrian and Russian forces. 

As the fifth day of the Turkish invasion into northern Syria continues, seemingly prompted by President Donald Trump's announcement that US forces would be repositioned away from Kurdish US allies, reports of violent chaos have emerged from the region.

In addition, a US official told CNN that the campaign to defeast ISIS in Syria is "over for now," and that ISIS "has a second lease on life with nearly 100,000 [people] who will rejoin their jihad." The official said, in their opinion, "US policy has failed."

The US State Department confirmed that reports show Havrin Khalaf, the civilian secretary general of the Future Syria Party, which is the Kurdish movement, has been captured and killed by Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters, in addition to other Kurdish fighters killed by the Turkish proxies. 

Videos have surfaced online showing the Turkish-backed rebel forces slaughtering Kurdish fighters. In one video published by The New York Times, two Syrian Arab fighters restrain a Kurdish prisoner on the ground with his hands tied behind his back and shoot him multiple times. 

A Turkish MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party condemned the execution of unarmed war prisoners on Twitter in response. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to be a terrorist organization. It is the dominant force of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has partnered with the US to dismantle ISIS' hold in Syria. 

On Sunday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the remaining 1,000 US troops in northern Syria would be withdrawn, but US officials told The Daily Beast they will just be moved further away from the advancing Turkish forces. A Turkish airstrike nearly hit a small group of US soldiers stationed in Syria on Friday.

Edited by Yggdrasil

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Sadly this is just business as usual in the geopolitical game of regional powers and the US. The US just chose Turkey and sold the Kurds to them. This will have huge consequences later for the US like in the past similar situations.

This will also prompt some action from Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran as there is a vacuum of power there. In the end civilians will suffer the blunt of this geopolitical move.

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