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Hundreds of Daesh Supporters Flee Detention Amid Turkish Airstrikes
Carlotta Gall, Patrick Kingsley, Ben Hubbard, Hwaida Saad, Iliana Magra, NYT, Oct 13 2019
Reporting from Akcakale, Istanbul, Dohuk, Faschingstein, Beirut and London.

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of relatives of Daesh fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp on Sunday morning after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area. The escapes came hours before the Pindo military said it would withdraw its remaining troops from northern Syria in the coming weeks. The Kurds said that the flag of Daesh had been raised in the countryside between the camp in the Kurdish-held town of Ain Issa and the Turkish border. Ciya Kurd of the Kurdish-led regional authority confirmed the break from the displacement camp after the Turkish strikes, saying:

We are facing very fierce attacks and we’re forced to decrease numbers of guards.

Sec Def Esper announced Sunday on CBS Face the Nation that Pindostan would be evacuating about 1,000 Pindo troops from northern Syria in a “deliberate withdrawal.” About 50 Pindo troops were previously removed from the area in anticipation of the Turkish incursion. He said that Pindostan found itself “likely caught between two opposing advancing armies” in northern Syria, and called the escalation of the conflict in the region a “very terrible situation.” He said Pindostan had learned that Turkey was likely to expand its incursion “farther south than originally planned and to the west.” The Kurds are in negotiations with the Syrians and Russians to form an alliance against the Turks, Esper said, adding that Pindostan did not want to be caught in the crossfire. He said:

The Kurds are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counter-attack against the Turks in the north.

Pres Trump took to Twitter to defend his decision last week to pull troops back from the border, where their presence had shielded Kurdish allies, effectively clearing the way for the Turkish incursion. His decision has generated intense criticism from both Thugs ^& Demagogs that he had betrayed Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American troops against Daesh. Mr Trump wrote on Sunday:

The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars!

Even as he sought to wash his hands of the region’s intractable conflicts, Mr Trump tried to assuage his critics, including Sen Lindsey Graham, who has usually been one of his strongest allies but broke with the president over his Syria decision and is promising bipartisan legislation to slap economic sanctions on Turkey. Mr Trump wrote:

Dealing with Lindsey Graham and many Congress critturs including Demagogs about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey. Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this.

On Sunday, Pindo troops stationed in Ain Issa withdrew from the town as Turkish-led forces moved closer to its perimeter, even as relatives of Daesh fighters mounted an escape from the detention facility elsewhere in the town. The retreat came as Turkey’s airstrikes pummeled Ain Issa, about 20 miles south of the Turkish-Syrian border, causing panic in a camp that housed nearly 13,000 displaced people, 700 of whom were relatives of Daesh fighters. Scores of people fled the camp, according to the Kurdish authorities. The number could not be independently verified, but a witness confirmed by phone that he had seen crowds of people hurrying from the camp around 9:30 am Sunday. The humanitarian aid group Save the Children also confirmed that foreign nationals had left the camp. Sonia Khush, who oversees the group’s work in Syria, citing her colleagues at the camp, said that a secure facility that housed Daesh relatives was now empty, and added:

What was not clear to us was whether some of the women and children were taken by coalition forces or whether they all managed to escape. It seems to be a mix of the two. Some women and children may be in the main camp.

After establishing a foothold on Saturday in Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border, Turkish troops and their Arab proxies made major progress on the ground on Sunday. A Syrian Arab militia under Turkish command pushed deeper into Kurdish-held territory, blocking major roads, ambushing civilians and claiming the capture of a second strategic town in northern Syria adjacent to the border, Tel Abyad. Erdogan announced that his forces now controlled nearly 70 sq m of territory in northern Syria. They have also taken control of the most important highway that connects the two flanks of Kurdish-held territory, allowing them to block supply lines between Kurdish forces. Erdogan also suggested his campaign was now expanding in scope. He announced that the Turkish force would attempt to capture Al Hasaka, a major Kurdish-run city that sits well beyond the territory that he initially said he had set out to capture. On Sunday morning, Turkish-backed Arab militias ambushed and captured four employees of the Kurdish Red Crescent traveling north from Ain Issa toward the besieged town of Tel Abyad in a two-car convoy, a member of the aid group said by phone. The Turkish-led force also took control of Suluk, an Arab town about five miles inside Kurdish-held territory. Close-fire fighting could be heard in Tel Abyad on Sunday morning from the Turkish border town of Akcakale, suggesting that Turkish forces had entered the town after a four-day siege. The two towns are separated by customs buildings and a cement border wall.

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