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    Syrian Kurds Make Deal With Assad to Battle Turkey

    They had to find a way. Fighting has raged for a month in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region, and now Kurdish YPG forces have reportedly agreed for the first time to fight alongside President Bashar Assad’s troops to repel a Turkish invasion. Turkey, recently accused of a chemical attack on Afrin civilians, considers the YPG a terrorist group. A YPG official said the deal, which could see government soldiers arriving within two days, isn’t a sign of a political agreement — though it could complicate American and Russian alliances in the region.

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