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Turkish soldiers and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters gather.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas on Oct. 17.

America’s Syria Debacle Is Not Trump’s Alone

By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.

Turkish soldiers secure a road before army tanks start moving toward the Syrian border in Ceylanpinar, Turkey, on Oct. 18.

Trump Can Forget Burden Sharing Now

By abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Trump has undermined one of his central foreign policies.

A woman covers her face as she stands along the side of a road near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain.

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria

Photos of children show horrific burns caused by what looks like white phosphorus.

An election campaign poster for President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario

The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive into northern Syria.

Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.

Kurdish female troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces overlook the front line.

Why is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?

Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.

A line of U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump first announced in  that U.S. troops would depart Syria.

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow 

Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions

After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don’t expect Ankara to cooperate.

Relatives visit the tombs of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.

Turkey Advances on Kobani in Latest Broken Promise

Erdogan told Trump he would not attack the symbolically important Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.

A Syrian Democratic Forces mortar team targets the Islamic State near Deir Ezzor, Syria.

Kurdish Fighters Mount Counterattack Using Network of Tunnels

The Syrian Democratic Forces have recaptured some territory from Turkish-backed forces.

A Syrian woman walks with a boy past a banner showing Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people into government-controlled territory at Abu al-Zuhur checkpoint in the western countryside of Idlib province, on June 1, 2018.

The United States Still Needs a Syria Strategy

Leaving the refugee crisis unresolved while legitimizing the brutal Assad regime will only do further harm to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People

The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

A Syrian woman in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

The West Owns Syria’s Disaster

Trump’s green light for Turkey’s assault on the Kurds is appalling. But he’s not the only one to blame.

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