Kurds’ ambitions caught in power games
BEIRUT (AP) — Kurds in the Mideast have over the past century gotten close to setting up their own state or autonomous regions several times — only to have their dreams shattered after being abandoned by world powers.
The latest instance comes with Syria’s Kurds who with U.S. backing have led the fight against the Islamic State group in that country.
Now the United States plans to withdraw from Syria, leaving the Kurds exposed to Turkish threats of an invasion from one side and Syrian government troops on the other.
What happens next is uncertain because of confusion in the U.S. plans. Initially, President Donald Trump declared the pullout of the 2,000 American troops would happen “now,” but White House officials have since suggested it would not be immediate.