Amid Turkey-Russia deal, fate of Kurd civilians in the balance

The president of Turkey warned the Kurds that their positions would be destroyed if they did not pull back farther in northern Syria starting Wednesday.
1:36 | 10/22/19

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Transcript for Amid Turkey-Russia deal, fate of Kurd civilians in the balance
after the president pulled U.S. Troops out of a key part of Syria, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's president erdogan meeting today, and what they've now decided to do with the vacuum left by the U.S. ABC's James Longman from Iran. Reporter: Cementing their power in Syria, Turkey and Russia redrawing the map, as the U.S. Pulls out, after a six-hour meeting, presidents Putin and erdogan agreeing on a new plan for northern Syria. The president of Turkey telling the kurds their positions will be destroyed and that they must pull back further. The new deal anows Turkey to keep this area they've already taken and forces the kurdish fighters to pull back from more territory, to the east and west, along the border. President erdogan trying to resettle millions of Syrian refugees from Turkey in that kurdish region. But the fate of hundreds of thousands of kurdish civilians already uprooted is now in the the U.N. Warning of a looming humanitarian crisis and with their American partners pulling out, the kurds may have little choice but to accept the terms of this deal. In six days, Turkish and Russian forces will patrol the border, sealing the kurdish defeat. After years of civil war, Putin is helping Syrian president Assad reclaim his country. And James Longman in Iraq again tonight. What are we hearing, James, from kurdish commanders tonight? Reporter: Well, David, kurdish forces say they've already withdrawn from large parts of northern Syria, although this deal is an even bigger concession. I just feel that many people feel there in order to save lives, they don't have much choice. David? James, thank you. And back here at home now

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