There are four reasons why Vladimir Putin unleashed his surprise military intervention on Syria last year.
After months of being below the fold in the national media, U.S. involvement in Syria is back in the headlines after President Trump unexpectedly announced his support of a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurds, blindsiding policymakers and our Kurdish partners alike.
Diplomacy between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Donald Trump appeared close to a breakthrough as recently as two weeks ago.
The last week in northeastern Syria can, at best, be described as messy. The Turkish government’s cross-border operation to push Kurdish fighters further south has displaced 100,000 people in the first four days alone.
"I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don't even like the USA," President Trump tweeted Monday morning as news spread of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkish military action against Kurdish fighters in the region.
President Donald Trump's announcement last Sunday of a U.S. redeployment of forces from positions along the northeastern Syrian-Turkish border has been panned by a wide swath of the foreign policy establishment as a betrayal of Waahington's Syrian Kurdish partners.