Trump’s U-turn is a win for Russia and Iran

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria is having far-reaching effects across the region

20th October, 2019

The remarkable about-turn in US foreign policy in the Middle East orchestrated by Donald Trump earlier this month is likely to have dramatic consequences across the region, and not just in terms of Turkish ambitions in Syria.

Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from north-eastern Syria appeared to signal his approval of Turkish plans to address what is perceived as a long-standing threat from Kurdish forces. Those forces had effectively carved out an...

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