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KURDS: ‘Some of the Most Noble People I’d Ever Met’

U.S. military officers who fought in Syria say they are devastated and ashamed by Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish-led forces. BY  LARA SELIGMAN  | OCTOBER 10, 2019, 8:50 PM Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand in formation during a victory announcement ceremony over the defeat of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate at Omar Academy in Deir Ezzor, Syria, on March 23. U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. RAY BOYINGTON On Dec. 20, 2018, the day after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly announced via Twitter that the United States would withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, a group of U.S. soldiers set out on a routine patrol through Manbij, a Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.  A member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) approached the American troops, according to a U.S. Army officer on patrol that day, who spoke to  Foreign Policy  on the condition of anonymity. The man broke down in tears, thanking the U.S. service members for their support.  “He to