Trump administration pulls troops from northern Syria as Turkey readies offensive

U.S. troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha along the border on Sept. 8. (Delil Souleiman/Afp Via Getty Images)

The United States began withdrawing American troops from Syria’s border with Turkey early Monday, in the clearest sign yet that the Trump administration was washing its hands of an explosive situation between the Turkish military and U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters.

The withdrawal followed a late Sunday statement by the White House that the United States would not intervene in a long-threatened Turkish offensive into northern Syria. The announcement, which signaled an abrupt end to a months-long American effort to broker peace between two important allies, came after a call between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

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