The U.S. Decision to Leave Syria Further Erodes Relations With Turkey
Jan 23, 2019 | 15:07 GMT
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- U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan see an opportunity in Syria to please their domestic constituencies, but their actions carry risks.
- A U.S. withdrawal from Syria will continue to embitter relations between Washington and Ankara over the fate of American-backed Kurds in the north of the war-torn country.
- Remaining elements of the Islamic State and other extremist groups in Syria could find the space to regroup, while Russia and Iran will consolidate their interests in Syria and the greater Middle East.