'People are panicking but life goes on': Syrian Kurds brace for war

Markets still bustling in north-eastern Syria despite fears of an imminent Turkish invasion

Life continued as normal in the towns of north-east Syria on Tuesday, with markets bustling and people going about their business despite fears of an imminent invasion by Turkish troops stationed across the border to the north.

Fears of an attack were widespread among Syrian Kurds, but so too was a confusion about what may happen in the coming days. What seemed to be a near certain outbreak of war after Donald Trump’s Sunday night statement appeared to clear the way for a Turkish assault on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had quickly turned into yet another chapter in a drawn out series of threats and defiance played out between Turkey and the Kurds over many months.

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