US troops have begun withdrawing from positions in northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish operation against Kurdish fighters in the border area.

Kurdish-led forces have until now been a key US ally in Syria, where they helped defeat Islamic State , but Turkey regards them as terrorists.

The main Kurdish-led group called the surprise US move a "stab in the back".

But President Donald Trump defended the pullout, saying it was time "to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars".

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Alon Liel who served as the head of Israel's mission in Turkey and also as the foreign ministry's director general. He asked him if the US has betrayed its Kurdish allies.