Father grabbed his 5 children and fled after US 'betrayed' his town
By Clarissa Ward, Salma Abdelaziz and Mohammed Hassan, CNN
November 26, 2019Al Hasakah, Syria (CNN)It was just a few weeks ago, on a sunny day in early October, when Ibrahim Hassan stood snapping photos of his children smiling with American soldiers in his hometown of Ras al-Ain.
The regular US patrols gave the Kurdish construction worker a reassuring sense of security against the chaotic backdrop of Syria's civil war. The troops were a sign of the long-term alliance between the US and Kurdish forces, which fought ISIS in northern Syria and provided critical intelligence that led to the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Ibrahim Hassan was glad to photograph his son with a US serviceman. But he said he felt betrayed when the Americans changed their mission.
"Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger."