10 Questions to Ask About Trump’s Removal of Troops From Syria

The U.S. foreign policy establishment has gone into meltdown mode since President Trump announced last week a withdrawal of several dozen troops from a corridor in northern Syria. American forces had been there since 2014, joined with a Kurdish splinter group to fight the notorious Sunni Arab terrorist organization, the Islamic State (ISIS).

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Pentagon Chief Looks to focus on Turkey, Syria at NATO But Has Few Good Options

By Idress Ali, Reuters– U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to focus on Turkey’s recent offensive into northeastern Syria and the future of the fight against Islamic State when he meets with NATO partners in Brussels this week, but he has limited options in dealing with either issue. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald […]

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Trump Announces ‘Permanent Ceasefire’ in Syria Between Turkey abd Kurds; Lifts Sanctions on Ankara

President Trump announced Wednesday that conditions have been met between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for what he called a “permanent ceasefire” between the two sides and that the United States is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were implemented following the invasion of northern Syria.

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Putin and Erdogan Announce Plan for Northeast Syria, Bolstering Russian Influence

His jets patrol Syrian skies. His military is expanding operations at the main naval base in Syria. He is forging closer ties to Turkey. He and his Syrian allies are moving into territory vacated by the United States.

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AS U.S. Leaves Allies in Syria, Kurdish Commander Struggles with Fallout

As United States troops continued their withdrawal from Syria on Sunday, a line of cars carried their routed former allies, terrified civilians and dead bodies out of a pulverized border town that had been besieged by Turkish forces for more than a week.

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Netanyahu Voices Hope for Syria Ceasefire in Pompeo Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced hope Friday that a US-brokered ceasefire will hold between Turkey and Syria’s Kurds as he discussed the turbulent region with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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