David Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace Building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, speaks with John Metaxas on today’s latest threats by Turkish President Erdogan to invade eastern regions of Syria. The threat puts at risk U.S. forces who are maintaining bases in the region in alliance with Kurdish forces engaged in the fight against the Islamic State. Phillips calls for the U.S. to institute a no-fly zone over northern Syria to signal to Turkey that it will not tolerate efforts of genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Kurds, though he says he has doubts the Trump Administration is up to the task. Phillips, who has just returned from Northeast Syria, recounts compelling stories of Kurds trying to maintain their freedoms in the face of Turkish bombardment.
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