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U.S. Special Forces soldier in Syria blasts President Trump for abandoning Kurds

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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump made the controversial decision to pull U.S. troops out of Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria. Kurdish forces have been fighting alongside the United States for five years to combat Islamic State, with 11,000 of their fighters and many civilians paying the ultimate price.

The pull out has opened the way for Turkey to launch an offensive into Kurdish areas on Wednesday. Turkey's President Erdogan claims that he wants to create a safe zone in the area to settle as many as 2 million Syrian refugees. 

So far, at least 11 civilians have died and dozens of Kurdish and Turkish forces have also been killed in the fighting. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes.