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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan listens as he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019

Erdogan reportedly played Trump an iPad video in the Oval Office to turn him against the Kurds, but the plan fell flat

In the video, which was posted to Twitter by several Turkish journalists, the leader of Kurdish forces is compared to the former leader of ISIS.

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 at the White House following reports that US forces attacked ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria, October 27, 2019.

A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy

The US leaves a key tool on the table by relying on the military to fix international problems, writes Defense Priorities fellow Shahed Ghoreishi.

US diplomat says that Trump’s Syria policies fueled the ‘catastrophic sideshow’ that led to war crimes against US allies

"One day when the diplomatic history is written, people will wonder what happened here," the US envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition wrote in a memo.

Spies stole ISIS leader al-Baghdadi’s underwear to help confirm his location before the US raid, Kurdish forces say

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces adviser Polat Can shared behind-the-scenes details of the US raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS’ brutal leader was killed by US Delta Force soldiers. Here’s how the elite raid on al-Baghdadi went down.

A raid carried out by US commandos early Sunday morning resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US officials say.
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 may have used chemical weapons on the Kurdish civilians Trump left vulnerable

Images from a hospital in a Syrian border town showed children with horrific burns that may be consistent with white phosphorus.
An F-15E dropping a bomb.

Trump’s hasty exit forced US troops to bomb their own base in ‘an extreme worst-case scenario’

A spokesperson for the US counter-ISIS mission said that the procedure was pre-planned, and reduced the base's military usefulness.
Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan meet in Ankara.

3 of America’s biggest adversaries are now united against the US in the Middle East

Turkey's offensive gives the Kremlin the opportunity to play the role as the region's top powerbroker, which unlike the US, has forces on the ground.