Syrian Kurds, who make up the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces, are rushing to the border of northern Syria and now consider guarding ISIS prisoners a “second priority”, according to NBC News.
General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, has redirected forces away from guarding the detention centers that hold 12,000 suspected terrorists that were detained during the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS fighters in the region.
Now that the U.S. has cleared the path for a Turkish assault, Mazloum said that Kurdish forces are now rushing to the border, where many of their families are located. “They are forced to defend their families,” he said, speaking through a translator.
Although the Pentagon has referred to the Kurdish forces as its most effective partner in the fight against ISIS, this betrayal may lead to Kurds partnering with Syrian leader Bashar Assad to fight the Turkish forces.
U.S. military officials are urging the White House not to abandon the Syrian Kurds under pressure from Turkey while Mazloum called on the American people to pressure Trump to intervene.
“The people who fought with you against international terrorism, against ISIS, are under risk right now and they are facing a big battle alone,” he said.