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Syria: Turkish Offensive Forces SDF to Suspend Anti-Islamic State Operations, Report Says

1 MIN READOct 9, 2019 | 16:50 GMT

What Happened: The Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria has forced the Syrian Democratic Forces to suspend their fighting operations against the Islamic State, Reuters reported Oct. 9, citing Kurdish and U.S. officials.

Why It Matters: The report, if confirmed, further raises concerns that Turkey's incursion into Syria will provide a reprieve for the Islamic State by distracting Kurdish forces and allowing scattered Islamic State militants to regroup.

Background: The United States said earlier this week that it was withdrawing its troops from the area amid a looming Turkish operation in northern Syria, after stating the Islamic State had been defeated.

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