Alliances shift in Syria. For about as long as the U.S. has been engaged in operations against the Islamic State in Syria, the People’s Protection Units, a Syrian Kurdish militia funded by the U.S. and better known as the YPG, has done the bulk of Washington’s dirty work. So when U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly announced a quick end to U.S. involvement in Syria — a move that opened the door for Turkey to uproot Kurdish positions along the Turkey-Syria border — the YPG reached out to an unlikely partner for protection against a Turkish invasion: the Syrian government. On Friday, the rebels asked officials in Damascus to deploy troops to the city of Manbij and other Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria. The government is said to have complied. (Notably, accounts differ. Russia and Iran say Syria now controls Manbij, while the U.S., Turkey and local rebel groups say it doesn’t.) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara has “no interest” in Manbij so long as th
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