1. US MILITARY LEAVES SYRIA-TURKEY BORDER
US-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops have begun withdrawing from areas along Turkey’s border.
The White House said US forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault — essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the years-long battle to defeat DAESH.
The Syrian Democratic Forces say the move comes as Turkey is preparing to attack Kurdish-held areas in northeast Syria.
2. TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS TRAIN FOR SYRIA INCURSION
Turkish-backed Syrian fighters have been training near the Syrian northern town of Afrin, in preparation for an expected Turkish incursion into Syria.
Turkey’s private DHA news agency today showed footage of Turkish-backed Syrian troops training outside Afrin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not elaborated on the planned Turkish incursion but said Turkey was determined to halt what it perceives as threats from the Syrian Kurdish fighters.
3. INDONESIAN WOMAN HELD AFTER DRUGS HAUL IN MANILA
Philippine authorities have arrested an Indonesian woman allegedly carrying 1 million US dollars worth of illegal drugs concealed in a bag from Cambodia during a crackdown on drug smuggling attempts in the country’s ports.
The Bureau of Customs says Agnes Alexandra was arrested early today at Manila’s airport after authorities found 8 kilograms of methamphetamine in her trolley bag in a flight from Cambodia’s Siem Reap city.
She wept and covered her face in front of TV cameras, telling officials the bag was not hers.