The Kurds in eastern Syria are in panic mode after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that an estimated 2,000 soldiers would soon be removed from the country.
“Many Kurds feel betrayed by the U.S,” said Kamal Sido, a Syrian Kurd who works at the Middle East desk for the Society for Threatened Peoples, a German human-rights NGO. “The Kurds and other ethnic groups are very afraid of the Turkish military and Syrian Islamists.”
He said, “The Kurds must decide between total annihilation by Turkey or the [Bashar] Assad dictatorship,” implying that the Kurds would choose Assad.
Perhaps their worry is exaggerated, but it has for the time being led the Kurds to quickly consolidate their relations with the Russia-Iran-Syria axis in order to counter the threat from a coming Turkish military operation, along with their Syrian rebel allies.
Kurdish officials went to Moscow last week and plan to return, “hoping Russia will push Damascus to ‘fulfill its sovereign duty,’” a top Kurdish politician Aldar Xelil told Reuters.