A Trump retreat from the Middle East?
The U.S. has now agreed to retreat from the Syrian-Turkish border, making way for a planned invasion by Turkey. The result will most certainly mean slaughter for the Kurdish forces there, the most faithful U.S. ally in the region and the most effective force to date against ISIS.
Trump said he is saving the American taxpayers from paying for the continued imprisonment of ISIS fighters, leaving that job to Turkey. Yet, since ISIS broke onto the scene, Turkey has allowed them free reign of operation as well as being a huge consumer of their renegade oil (one of the main sources of funding for the terror group).
The Trump administration also recently ordered a retreat from a U.S. military base in Qatar, moving the Middle East Command Control to South Carolina.
What’s going on? Listen as Clarion Project Editor Meira Svirsky and Arab Affairs Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ran Meir discuss this latest and most concerning development:
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