Courtesy of CNN:

The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America’s Kurdish allies in Syria.

“You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN.
“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,” Mazloum added.

He insisted the US either help stop the Turkish attack or allow the Syrian Democratic Forces to strike a deal with the Assad regime in Damascus and their Russian backers, allowing Russian warplanes to enforce a no-fly zone over northeast Syria, thereby denying Turkey the ability to carry out airstrikes. The US does not want the Kurds turning to the Russians, administration officials say.

“I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not. I need to know, because if you’re not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region,” Mazloum said.

“Make a deal with Russia?” Why do I get the feeling that was somebody’s plan all along?

The death toll in Syria contiues to rise, many of them killed by Turkish corces,

Courtesy of Haaretz

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said “nine civilians were executed at different moments south of the town of Tel Abyad” by Turkey-backed groups, including Hevrin Khalaf, co-chair of the secular Future Syria Party.

What we did to the Kurds in Syria is indefensible.

And if the plan was to leave them defenseless so that they would be forced to create an alliance with Russia, well that is the kind of thing that you might expect a Russian asset to do.

Don’t you think?

Update: This is just horrendous.

That poor woman 

By the way Trump went golfing agan today.