Russian-backed Syrian forces storm Kurdish territory to counter Turks

By Bob Fredericks |New York Post |

The Turkish army and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army advance into the city of Tel Abyad. Getty Images

Russian-backed Syrian fighters wasted no time capitalizing on the US withdrawal from Syria on Monday, deploying troops deep inside Kurdish territory south of the Turkish border less than 24 hours after Team Trump announced American forces would be leaving northern Syria.

Washington’s former Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS said they invited in the government troops as an emergency step to help fend off an assault by Turkey, launched last week after President Trump moved US troops aside in what bitter Kurds called a betrayal.

Washington’s decision to abandon a policy it had pursued for five years was seen as a positive for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Syrian army deployment was a victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ally Russia, giving them a foothold in the biggest remaining part of Syria that had been beyond their grasp while it was under Kurdish control.

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