President Erdogan accuses US of betraying an ally, creating terror enclave on its border
The Trump administration is backtracking on its description of a planned new security force in north-eastern Syria amid escalating threats by Turkey to launch a cross-border assault against the Kurdish group involved. It is clear now that the US is not wholesale leaving the country, but instead planning to train up a 30,000-strong force to assist local Kurds in keeping a grasp on the land they now control northeast of the Euphrates River. US officials had originally described it as a Border Security Force that would guard the perimeter of the self-proclaimed Kurdish enclave taking shape in north-eastern Syria. With the fight against Islamic State winding down, the US envision that the establishment of the force would be stationed eastward, policing the militants' traditional smuggling route between Iraq and Syria, as well as passageways with Turkey to the north.