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U.S. Syria withdrawal ramps up, Brexit enters 11th hour and why Dems have faith in Adam Schiff: The Morning Rundown

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Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain
Smoke billows from the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain on Saturday, as Turkey and its allies continued their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria.Nazeer Al-Khatib / AFP - Getty Images

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The U.S. is speeding up its withdrawal from northern Syria, Britain is entering its most critical Brexit week yet, and an Astros-Yankees playoff battle ends with an eleventh-inning walk-off home run.

Here's what we're watching today.

U.S. forces to withdraw from northern Syria as ISIS supporters escape camp

The U.S. military this weekend accelerated its plans to fully withdraw from Syria as Turkish forces continued their advance in the country's north.

About 1,000 troops will leave the area "as safely and quickly as possible," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday. Only around 300 soldiers will remain in the country, two U.S. military officials in the region told NBC News.

Amidst the U.S. withdrawal, Kurdish troops turned to the Syrian government and Russia for help Sunday in a desperate move that will likely be seen as a win for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

"Nobody supports us. This is why we made an agreement with the Russians and the Syrian government," said Ismat Sheik Hassan, a Kurdish official who leads the Kobani Military Council.

Meantime, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that close to 800 members of a camp holding the families of ISIS fighters had escaped after Turkish shelling.

Some Kurdish guards were forced to leave their posts as fighting neared a camp for displaced people near the town of Ain Eissa, a spokesperson for the U.K.-based observatory told NBC News.

"It’s now chaos in the camp and there are people still escaping," Rami Abdulrahman said early Sunday.

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Here's why Democrats believe Adam Schiff is the perfect person to take on Trump

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is a central player in the impeachment inquiry — and the target of a ceaseless stream of invective from President Donald Trump that includes both schoolyard nicknames and outlandish allegations that the congressman is guilty of treason.

But Clinton-era lessons of overreach and political backlash have informed Schiff's go-slow approach to the Trump impeachment and have reassured Democrats that they are in steady hands, NBC News' Jonathan Allen writes.

Brexit enters eleventh hour — for real

With the clock ticking down to the October 31st Brexit deadline, the stage has been set for the most decisive week on Britain's exit from the European Union since the June 2016 referendum that set the saga in motion.

The British Parliament will officially reopen today with Queen Elizabeth II delivering a speech setting out the agenda for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

We can expect fireworks from there as British lawmakers then debate whether to pass the government’s agenda as set out by the queen, while British and E.U. negotiators continue to hash out a final Brexit deal to present to European leaders by Thursday.

With all that, we have several Brexit stories worth reading to catch you up:

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