Trump withdraws U.S. forces from northern Syria, and administration scrambles to respond

Mourners attend a funeral Sunday for Kurdish political leader Hevrin Khalaf and other people killed during the Turkish offensive in Syria. (AFP via Getty Images)
Mourners attend a funeral Sunday for Kurdish political leader Hevrin Khalaf and other people killed during the Turkish offensive in Syria. (AFP via Getty Images)
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