Al-Qamishli, Syria, Dec. 29, 2018. People raise banners during a protest organized by the Lawyers Union of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration to condemn the Turkish threats of launching a military operation east of the Euphrates River. The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the areas east of the Euphrates River. Erdogan delayed the operation after the United States withdrew its forces from Syria. Photo: Ahmad Berro.