WRAPUP 3-Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in after U.S. announces abrupt exit

WRAPUP 3-Russia-backed Syrian army sweeps in after U.S. announces abrupt exitBEIRUT/ANKARA/WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Russia-backed Syrian forces took rapid advantage of an abrupt U.S. retreat from Syria on Monday, deploying deep inside Kurdish-held territory south of the Turkish frontier less than 24 hours after Washington announced a full withdrawal. Washington’s Kurdish former allies said they invited in the government troops as an emergency step to help fend off an assault by Turkey, launched last week after President Donald Trump moved his troops aside in what the Kurds call a betrayal.



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