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Fact check: Cutting through the misinformation on Syria, Turkey and the Kurds

Since the White House announced the withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, President Donald Trump's attempts to control the narrative have been rife with misinformation and political spin. We're here to parse out the facts from fiction.
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Kurdish General Said to Reject Turkish Occupation: Syria Update

(Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined his understanding of the Turkish-patrolled “safe zone” in northern Syria, saying the U.S. and Russia should also play a role in maintaining a corridor that he wants to stretch along a vast section of Turkey’s border.A deal reached with a top U.S. delegation on Thursday -- which secured a 120-hour cease-fire -- required Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area 444 km long and 32 km deep, the president told foreign reporters in Istanbul on Fr...
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Trump says Kurds are 'very happy' with U.S.-brokered deal and U.S. has 'taken control' of oil

Fighting is continuing near the Syria-Turkey border despite a Trump administration boast it had helped broker a 'cease-fire,' Kurdish authorities say.
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Trump says Kurds are 'very happy' with U.S.-brokered deal and U.S. has 'taken control' of oil

Fighting is continuing near the Syria-Turkey border despite a Trump administration boast it had helped broker a 'cease-fire,' Kurdish authorities say.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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U.N. Investigates Possible Chemical Weapons Use by Turkish Forces in Syria

United Nations chemical-weapons inspectors announced that they are investigating whether Turkish forces used chemical weapons in their invasion of Syria, the Guardian reported Friday.The Kurds have accused Turkey of using white phosphorous during their recent incursion into northeastern Syria. The Kurdish Red Crescent claims that six patients, including civilians and military members, have been hospitalized in the city of Hasakah due to burns from "unknown weapons."The organization could not con...
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Fighting continues in Syria despite Trump's 'cease-fire,' Kurds say. Turkey denies clashes

Fighting is continuing near the Syria-Turkey border despite a Trump administration boast it had helped broker a 'ceasefire,' Kurdish authorities say.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Fighting continues on Syria-Turkey border despite ceasefire

Artillery fire and ground clashes reported in violation of US-brokered five-day truceFighting is continuing on the border between Syria and Turkey, according to witnesses, despite an announcement from the US vice-president, Mike Pence, that Ankara had agreed to a five-day ceasefire to allow the US supervision of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the area.Intermittent artillery fire and ground clashes continued in the border town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, one of the two main targets of...
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The Syria-Turkey cease-fire, quid pro quo talk and death of Elijah Cummings: Catch up on a busy Thursday in politics

With the passing of a Capitol Hill giant, a cease-fire between Turkey and Syria, and an admitted quid quo pro, Washington was rocked by news Thursday.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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U.S. touts ceasefire in Syria, Turkey calls it a 120-hour pause

• Watch Pence discuss details of ceasefire • McConnell wants stronger Syria resolution than what passed • Opinion: A letter to Kurdish soldiers from a US military wife
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House will vote on resolution condemning Trump over Syria, Turkey conflict as backlash intensifies

The House will vote Wednesday afternoon on a bipartisan resolution condemning President Donald Trump's decision to move U.S. troops out of Syria.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Turkey's leader also told a group of journalists Tuesday that he is not concerned about the presence of Syrian government troops moving into the city of Manbij, but does not want Syrian Kurdish fighters to remain.
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U.S. ‘Withdraws’ as Kurds Strike Deal to Let Assad’s Forces Into Region

Khalil Ashawi/ReutersAmid a Turkish assault, the Kurds, or Syrian Democratic Forces, have struck a deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, that will bring forces loyal to Assad back into areas that have been under Kurdish control for years.“An agreement has been reached with the Syrian government—whose duty it is to protect the country’s borders and preserve Syrian sovereignty—for the Syrian Army to enter and deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border ...
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U.S. ‘Withdraws’ Forces to Let Turks Advance on America's Allies

Khalil Ashawi/ReutersIn the latest surge of anti-war rhetoric from the Trump administration, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. is launching a “deliberate withdrawal” of American forces from northern Syria, but refused to say how long it will take.“We want to conduct it safely and quickly as possible,” Esper told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday morning, adding, “I’m not prepared to put a timeline on it, but that’s our general game plan.” Two knowledgeable U.S. officials told The Daily Be...
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Trump says he's an 'island of one' on Syria

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is an "island of one" for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria. Turkey, however, regards those Kurdish fighters as a terrorist threat and has launched a military operation against them. Trump announced that he had directed $50 million in emergency aid for Syria to support Christians and other religious minorities there.
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Trump Orders Troops and Weapons to Saudi Arabia in Message of Deterrence to Iran

The announcement came five days after Mr. Trump said his desire to end America’s “endless wars” led him to pull back troops from the Syria-Turkey border.
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US moves Islamic State prisoners as Turkey attacks Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. has moved some of the Islamic State prisoners amid fears some could escape custody as Turkey invades northeast Syria. Turkey is attacking the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces, a Kurdish force that battled the Islamic State group alongside American troops and now is responsible for […]
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Arab League to hold emergency meeting over Turkish offensive into Syria

The Arab League will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday, it said in a statement, following a call by Egypt for the body to meet over Turkey's offensive into Syria. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area.
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Donald Trump has handed over Isis fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms

Ankara says military will cross border ‘shortly’, and claims US president gave green light, contradicting US denials The Turkish government has claimed that Donald Trump has handed it the leadership of the military campaign against Isis, and warned its forces would be crossing into Syria “shortly”.Kurdish military leaders inside Syria said they were braced for the invasion and claimed there had been an Isis attack on its former stronghold of Raqqa. But reports from the city suggested the attack ...
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US ending support for Kurds in Syria will lead to genocide, says protester – video

Protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington to demand Donald Trump reverse his decision to withdraw US troops from north-eastern Syria, warning that Kurds would be targeted in a Turkish offensive. The Turkish government claimed the US president had handed it the lead on the military campaign against Isis, and said its forces would be crossing into Syria 'shortly'Trump has handed over Isis fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms Continue reading...
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US pulling support for Kurds in Syria will lead to 'genocide', says protester – video

Protesters have gathered outside the White House in Washington to demand Donald Trump reverse his decision to withdraw US troops from north-eastern Syria, warning that Kurds would be targeted in a Turkish offensive.The Turkish government claimed the US president had handed it the lead on the military campaign against Isis, and said its forces would be crossing into Syria 'shortly'Trump has handed over Isis fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms Continue reading...
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Trump has handed over Isis fight in Syria, Turkey says, as offensive looms

Ankara says military will cross border ‘shortly’, and claims US president gave green light, contradicting US denials The Turkish government claimed that Donald Trump has handed it the leadership of the military campaign against Isis, and warned its forces would be crossing into Syria “shortly”.Kurdish military leaders inside Syria said they were braced for the invasion and claimed there had been an Isis attack on its former stronghold of Raqqa. But reports from the city suggested the attack had ...
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Kurds Have Been Preparing for Trump’s Syria Betrayal—With a Vengeance

Delil Souleiman/GettyLate Sunday night in Washington, the White House announced it was pulling U.S. troops out of northeast Syria to clear the way for a Turkish invasion. The Kurds there who led the fight on the ground that defeated the so-called Islamic State had seen President Donald Trump’s betrayal coming. But still they hoped it could be avoided. “Don’t let the Turks disrupt my wedding,” our translator texted in September prior to our arrival in the region. For more than a year, we have bee...
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Trump’s Retreat in Syria is Dishonorable and Will Cost American Lives

Late Sunday night, the Trump administration announced that it was pulling American troops from key positions near the Syria-Turkey border and explicitly permitting the Turkish government to conduct military operations against the Kurdish allies who were indispensable in defeating the ISIS caliphate. This decision represents not just a moral betrayal of men and women who…
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Trump abandons Kurds who fought Isil as he allows Turkish assault on northern Syria

The White House has given the green light for a long-threatened Turkish assault on Kurdish-held Syria, effectively abandoning its allies who fought and defeated Islamic State. The US had for months been working with Turkey to try to create a buffer zone along its border with northern Syria between the Turkish military and Kurdish forces which Ankara sees as terrorists. Turkey has repeatedly criticised its slow implementation and threatened a unilateral assault, but until now the US had refused t...
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Trump sends strong, conflicting signals on Syria, Turkey

Facing unusually wide criticism, President Donald Trump sent out strong but conflicting signals on the "endless war" in Syria and Middle East on Monday. He declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Kurds who have fought alongside Americans for years but then threatened to destroy the Turks' economy if they went too far.
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Turkey: 1 soldier killed, 3 wounded in YPG attack in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say a soldier has been killed and three others were wounded in an attack by Syrian Kurdish militants in a Turkish-controlled region in northern Syria. Turkey’s Defense Ministry says Tuesday the attack by the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, occurred in the so-called “Euphrates Shield region,” which […]
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Turkey’s Erdogan slams US over delays in Syria buffer zone

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president has slammed the U.S. over delays in establishing a buffer zone in Syria, saying that if Washington won’t contribute to the effort, Ankara will do it alone. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump last month discussed setting up safe zone east of the Euphrates River in Syria. Turkey […]
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Turkey doing what is required to maintain peace in Syria's Idlib: foreign minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is doing what is required to maintain peace and prevent violations in Syria's northern Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday. Islamist fighters have tightened their control over the area following more than a week of fighting with Turkey-backed Syrian rebels. Speaking in Ankara, Mevlet Cavusoglu also said if Idlib becomes a "nest of terrorism", it is the Syrian government's fault for bussing in terrorists...
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Turkey's military reinforces on border with Syria's Idlib

Turkish troops and tanks carried out military exercises on the border with Syria on Saturday, state-run media reported, while a monitoring group said a Turkish convoy had crossed the frontier into northern Syria. Turkey's military sent tanks and armored vehicles to the border in the second day of reinforcements near the province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria. On Friday, a Turkish security source said the Turkish army had been rotating forces in and out of the region, and d...
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