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Kurdish civilians showed they were crushed by the betrayal of US president Donald Trump's withdrawal of American forces from Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion.
Vice President Mike Pence trumpeted the deal as a "cease-fire," but Turkey disputed that characterization.
The Senate minority leader said the president berated the House speaker when she met with him to discuss his actions on Turkey.
The events in Syria could well influence the power dynamics of the Middle East for years to come.
The president also said some U.S. forces would remain in Syria, marking a reversal of his call for withdrawal from the region.
This summer, three things happened that forced me to finally face our grave reality.
A US military official said the situation across northeastern Syria was "deteriorating rapidly."
The president, on the same day Turkey moved forward on them in Syria, defended his decision to pull support for Kurdish fighters allied with the U.S.