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River O'Mahoney Hagg.

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American allies

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds discuss the future of American foreign relations, as Turkish President Erdoğan visits the White House

Trump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria’s oil

"We want to worry about our things," Trump said. "We're keeping the oil, we have the oil, the oil is secure, we left troops behind only for the oil."
President Donald Trump makes a statement after US forces took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump downplayed central role Kurds played in Baghdadi raid after abandoning them in Syria

The Kurds were indispensable in crushing ISIS and taking out Baghdadi. In return, Trump abandoned them and barely thanked them for their help.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during his holiday in the Siberian forest, October 7, 2019.

Vladimir Putin is looking unstoppable after a string of victories that Trump handed to him on a plate

This week alone, the Russian president has usurped the US as a new kingmaker in Syria and gained a closer ally in Europe's backyard.
Boys wave at a convoy of US vehicles withdrawing from northern Syria, in Erbil, Iraq, October 21, 2019.

Trump’s plan to leave some US troops in Syria to guard its oil is now doomed, thanks to Putin

"The implementation of this memorandum will strongly interfere with these plans," a Russian official said. "We will work to nullify them."
President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the conflict in Syria as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands at his side in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on October 23, 2019.

Trump tries to spin his disastrous Syria retreat into a big success, says he showed ‘vision’ and ‘courage’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday portrayed his Syria retreat as a big win, despite the calamitous consequences of his decision.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, southern Russia, on October 22, 2019.

After pulling out of Syria, the US is left watching the country’s fate being decided in Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Russia to discuss a potential peace plan for northeastern Syria with President Vladimir Putin.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Pompeo says Trump is ‘fully prepared’ to take military action against Turkey if necessary, which would shatter NATO to pieces

This comment came a little over two weeks after Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northeast Syria, which paved the way for Turkey to invade.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The life of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who survived a coup, bent an entire nation to his will, and owned Trump over Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has presided over Turkey for 17 years, in which time the country has changed irreversibly. Here's how he got the power to do it.
President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019.

‘Are we so weak and so inept diplomatically that Turkey forced the hand of the United States of America? Turkey?!’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has walked all over the US in the past few weeks, and President Donald Trump let him.