USAID Administrator Unsure Of U.S. Assistance Situation In War-Torn Syria; Humanitarian Groups Face Challenges Reaching Impacted Populations

Associated Press: Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift
“Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are fears that local staff could face reprisals, either at the hands of Turkish-led forces pushing in from the north or Syrian troops fanning out across territory held by the embattled Kurds…” (Krauss/Rosa, 10/17).

Devex: Exclusive: USAID unsure of operational status in Syria, Mark Green says
“U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green said his agency is not sure whether its programs in Northeast Syria are still operational in the wake of a Turkish invasion. ‘It’s very hard for any of us to get accurate information from the ground right now, understandably. We will do humanitarian assistance, as we have for years, whenever conditions allow us to, whenever it’s safe and secure,’ Green told Devex in an interview. ‘I just can’t tell you with any specificity. I’m not trying to dodge the question, I actually just don’t know because of the status at any given time’…” (Welsh, 10/17).