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Secretary of Defense Esper blames Turkey for attacks on Kurds, says US has not abandoned them

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in his first public statement on the crisis in Syria, blamed Turkey on Friday for the conflict with the Kurds, a key U.S. ally.
Esper said the United States had "not abandoned the Kurds" when it pulled back this week from a portion of the Turkish border after a phone call Sunday between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Kurdish forces, who fought side by side with U.S. troops against the Islamic State – as recently as last weekend – are under attack as Turkey's military continues to step up assaults on the region.

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