Galbraith to speak on the Kurds

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BRATTLEBORO — The Windham World Affairs Council will present a firsthand report on the situation in Northeastern Syria by Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the Sanctuary of the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.

Galbraith will focus on the betrayal of the Kurds and its consequences. He will discuss President Donald Trump's "green light," the Turkish invasion, the Rojava revolution, Russia's triumph and the loss of American dominance in the Middle East and what it means for ISIS. He will also cover his efforts to get children out of the ISIS camps in NE Syria.

On Oct. 25, Clare Morgana Gillis, who worked as a foreign correspondent in Syria, gave WWAC's previous talk on ISIS propaganda and the captured foreign ISIS fighters in Kurdish jails. Now Ambassador Galbraith will complete the picture by focusing on the betrayal of the Kurds.

Galbraith has had a long history with the Kurds, and since 2014 has made a number of trips to northern Syria because of his long-standing ties with the Kurdish people. As he prepares to depart for a conference in Brussels, Galbraith has offered to share with the WWAC community his views on the situation of the Kurds in Northeastern Syria.

For more detail on Galbraith's views and to read his recent article in the New York Review of Books on this issue, visit the WWAC web site at windhamworldaffairscouncil.org.

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