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‘Americans Abandoned us’: Kurdish despair laid bare as Syria cease-fire nears end

Last updated on October 22, 2019

Kurdish civilians fleeing Turkish troops in Syriaangrily blamed erstwhile ally America due to their distress as the clock ran down to the five-day dip in combating ending in the future Tuesday.

U.S. troops departing northeastern Syria were pelted with sausage and insults as they gathered through cities on their way to Iraq on Monday.

A villager standing at the street as the armored vehicles rumbled by held a hand-written sign reading: “Tell your kids the children of those Kurds were murdered by the Turks and also we did nothing to protect them.”

On the opposite side of the boundary in Iraq, lately arrived Kurdish refugees also concentrated their anger in the USA.

Initially, Mahmoud Bashar, an older man with thin-rimmed eyeglasses, refused to talk to NBC News from anger in the USA.

“It is like the Americans ruined my house,” he explained as he waited in line for kerosene to stay warm in temperate Bardarash refugee camp away from the Iraqi city of Duhok. “We fought to get the entire world, we fought terrorism and ISIS. We fought ISIS but in the end that the Americans abandoned us”

Several have traveled deeper and south to Syria, while over 7,000 mainly-Kurdish civilians have gone into Iraqi Kurdistan, by the U.N.

Many ethnic Kurds in northeastern Syria feel threatened by the U.S.’s withdrawal, which has left them vulnerable to this Turkish offensive that’s supposed to restart at 10 p.m. local time Tuesday (3 p.m. E.T.)

Erdogan said he’ll keep his offensive to northeastern Syria and could”conquer the heads” of their Syrian-Kurdish fighters when they hadn’t pulled from his so-called”secure zone” after this five-day dip in fighting, according to Reuters.

The majority of those coming in Bardarash and its U.N.-branded tents carried little over the usual shopping bag-full of clothing.

“We arrived like this.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are crucial U.S. allies in the struggle against the Islamic Condition band and a few are still working together with the U.S. to shield oilfields from ISIS and other militants in northeast Syria amid the chaos brought on by Turkish bombardment.

Mechanic, Mustafa Ramadan, explained it as a betrayal.

“Everything is completed. My home was destroyed by the shelling,” stated a 45-year-old talking within the barbed-wire weapon of this refugee camp.

“In a flash, everything goes.”

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out almost all of the several 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria has left a military and diplomatic vacuum in the area that’s quickly being stuffed by Moscow.

Trump’s move also left the destiny of the Kurds mostly in the hands of Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that had been expected to meet in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday — hours before the suspension in combating was set to finish.

Despite withering domestic and global criticism, Trump has defended his choice.

“We fought for three-and-a-half to four decades, we never consented to protect the Kurds to the remainder of their lives”