“Days after the national security advisor says the U.S. Syria exit is conditional, the same day the secretary of state publicly excoriates the 44th president for retreating from the Middle East, President Trump begins the U.S. retreat from the Middle East. This is an administration in disarray,” tweets CFR President Richard N. Haass.
“The area in northeast Syria where U.S. troops in Syria are deployed is highly coveted by Iran. It is rich in oil and is near the border with Iraq through which Iran has been sending into Syria its allied Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) militias under the pretext of fighting ISIS,” Lina Khatib writes for Time.
In Foreign Policy, CFR’s Steven A. Cook discusses Turkish plans for Syria after the U.S. withdrawal.