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    Turkey Invaded Syria. Why the Surprise?

    The friend of their friend is still the enemy. This month Turkey attacked the Afrin district, controlled by YPG, a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria. Ankara’s been watching in frustration because the group, believed to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for decades, was armed by its NATO ally. Now the U.S., which has plans to stay in the region, is urging restraint against its preferred force for defeating ISIS, as Turkish warplanes and allied Syrian rebels drive Kurds from the border region.

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