A member of the Kurdish internal security forces holds his weapon during a patrol in Manbij in northern Syria.
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The U.S. decision to pull troops out of eastern Syria will leave Kurds exposed to Turkish military threats and forced to cooperate with Damascus, analysts said Thursday. In a shock announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a full troop pullout of Syria, claiming Daesh (ISIS) had been defeated.Days earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was planning a new military offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates River in Syria.The Kurds have military control over territory covering almost 30 percent of Syria, including some of its most oil-rich regions.Trump's announcement contradicts previous statements that U.S. forces would remain in Syria as long as Iran maintained a military presence there.
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