PBS Newshour Weekend


The Future of Rojava

The threat of a U.S. troop withdrawal endangers Kurdish control of a semi-autonomous region of Syria. A historic military partnership between the U.S. and the local Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria helped lead to the end of five years of brutal rule by the Islamic State. After the Syrian revolution began in 2011, the Kurds formed their own semi-autonomous area in Syria called Rojava. Their alliance with the U.S. has kept Syrian and Turkish government forces out of the region and strengthened the Kurds' territorial gains. But questions over the future of the Rojava now persist after President Trump's announcement in December that he will withdraw troops from Syria. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jane Ferguson reports.

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