“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

Turkish troops are shelling northeast Syria, held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. The US—a Kurdish ally, as well as a Turkish one—is doing nothing to stop it.

“You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” said Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani in a meeting with American officials, CNN reports.

Kobani met with William Roebuck, deputy special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, on Oct. 10. According to an internal US government readout of the meeting obtained by CNN, the Kurdish leader warned that he would have to make a deal with Russia for help if the US does not step in. “You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us. You have sold us. This is immoral,” he said.

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