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What’s happening in Syria, explained in 30 seconds

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  • Trump’s decision to pull US forces from Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria on October 6 left the civil-war-torn country open to Turkish attack, which followed on October 9.
  • Syria has been caught in a civil war since 2011 — some 500,000 people have perished and 12 million have been displaced, according to the Human Rights Watch.
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What has been happening in Syria?

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull US forces from Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria, officially announced by the White House on October 6, left the civil-war-torn country open to Turkish attack.

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