U.S.-backed Kurdish forces answer Turkish demand to pull back from Euphrates

August 25, 2016 9:56 AM

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U.S.-backed Kurdish forces answer Turkish demand to pull back from Euphrates

ISTANBUL — Kurdish-led forces in Syria have withdrawn to the east of the Euphrates river, American and Turkish officials said on Thursday, after Vice President Biden publicly threatened to pull U.S. support if the fighters stayed on in areas Turkey says pose a threat to its national security.

The move comes one day after Turkish forces and allied rebels launched an offensive on the Islamic State-held border town of Jarabulus, routing the jihadists from the area but also warning Kurdish militias against further advances in northern Syria.

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