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Then a few hours later, about a hundred miles (around 160 kilometers) to the southeast, ground troops supporting the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad struck a headquarters of Syrian Kurdish fighters and their partners from U.S. Special Operations Forces, five miles east of the Euphrates and possibly near Syrian oil fields.The U.S. military wouldn't provide any details, but Russian forces have been backing the Syrian regime in the Deir al-Zor area. Ankara could never offer a credible alternative to conquer Daesh (ISIS), so the U.S. pushed on.How can the U.S. untangle this mess, so it can finish the job against Daesh? America needs "dialogue" and "de-escalation" quickly with Turkey, explains Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, the commander of U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq. Manbij illustrates how the battle against Daesh was turned by the U.S. and its SDF partners – and what post-Daesh recovery looks like.Syrian Kurdish forces have been a brave partner for America, but also an inconvenient one.The U.S. military did its job in Syria.
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