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Fighting impeachment at home, Trump surrenders in Syria

Opinion 10 months ago

The US President’s decision is another reflection of a president who is facing increasing isolation at home and no longer taken seriously abroad.


08 Oct 2019
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Fighting impeachment at home, Trump surrenders in Syria

US President Donald Trump has warned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of economic devastation should Ankara hit Kurdish forces after the US troop pullout from Syria. AFP/File/ADEM ALTAN, SAUL LOEB

The latest saga of US policy in Syria triggered by President Donald Trump is deja vu. Last December, he shocked Washington with an abrupt decision to unilaterally withdraw from Syria after a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. James Mattis  resigned as the defence secretary in response to that decision, but thanks to some expert delay tactics by Trump’s advisers, no US soldier left Syria. This time around, however, these advisers appear to have run out of rabbits to pull out of a hat. Amid an unprecedented rate of staff turnover over the past year, Trump’s advisers...

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