(CNN) — The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria.
"You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us.
The US does not want the Kurds turning to the Russians, administration officials say.
"I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not.
I need to know, because if you're not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region," Mazloum said. »