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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Pete Buttigieg and Tulsi Gabbard, the only military vets on the Democratic debate stage, duke it out over US action in Syria

"Respectfully ... I think that is dead wrong," Buttigieg said of Gabbard's assertion that US involvement in Syria is part of a "regime change war."
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Minneapolis

In just one week, Trump’s Syria retreat has caused the nightmare scenario everyone warned him about

ISIS is regrouping in Syria, US credibility has been badly damaged on the global stage, and Russia is the biggest winner of all.

Trump’s coziness with authoritarians is backfiring spectacularly in Syria

Trump's cozy relationships with some of the world's most repressive leaders is coming back to haunt him at a ferocious velocity in Syria.

Trump is applauding Russia’s victory in Syria after handing it to them on a platter

President Donald Trump has essentially gifted one of America's strongest partnerships in the Middle East to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump suggested the Kurds were releasing ISIS prisoners, but US officials say Turkish-backed forces are actually doing this

Trump had no evidence to back up the suggestion the Kurds released ISIS detainees, and US officials said it was actually Turkish-backed forces.
President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019.

Trump hits Turkey with sanctions over military operation against Kurds in Syria

This move adds to the already complicated nature of the relationship between Turkey and the US, who are technically allies as members of NATO.

Trump’s latest conspiracy theory is that the Kurds released ISIS prisoners to pull the US back into Syria

The Kurds bore the brunt of the US-led campaign against ISIS, and Trump is now suggesting without evidence that they released ISIS prisoners.
President Donald Trump with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the UN General Assembly in New York City in September 2017.

Trump thought Turkey was bluffing and would never actually invade Syria, report says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was surprised by how quickly President Donald Trump withdrew US troops from northern Syria, Axios reported.
Mourners attend a funeral, for Kurdish political leader Hevrin Khalaf and others including civilians and Kurdish fighters, in the northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik, known as al-Malikiyah in Arabic, on October 13, 2019.

US forces reportedly leave dozens of ‘high value’ ISIS prisoners behind as they begin to pull out of northern Syria

Trump last week claimed that the US had moved some of the "most dangerous" ISIS prisoners but US officials told The New York Times that wasn't true.
A Turkish army armored vehicle advances in Syrian city of Tel Abyad, as seen from the Turkish border town of Akcakale on October 13, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria, a large swath of which is currently held by Syrian Kurds, whom Turkey regards as a threat. U.S. President Donald Trump recently ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from several Syrian outposts near the Turkish border.

Disaster is unfolding in Syria as videos emerge of US allies being slaughtered and hundreds of ISIS prisoners escape during airstrikes

Northern Syria is descending into chaos as the Turkish invasion proceeds, with videos emerging of US allies being slaughtered by Turkish proxies.