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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

Update: 2019-10-1753
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The presence of U.S. troops in northern Syria was designed to protect America’s allies and keep its enemies there in check. President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the region quickly, and predictably, unraveled a tenuous peace on the volatile border between Syria and Turkey. His decision handed a gift to four American adversaries: Iran, Russia, the Syrian government and the Islamic State. David E. Sanger of The Times explains why “the worst-case scenario is even worse than you can imagine.” Guest: David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent and a senior writer at The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily

Background coverage:

  • President Trump lashed out in defense of his decision to remove U.S. troops from northeastern Syria in response to rare bipartisan condemnation from Congress.
  • Russian troops have already occupied abandoned American outposts in Syria as Moscow moves to fill the power vacuum.
  • “Don't be a fool! I will call you later.” Read the letter President Trump sent to Turkey’s leader.
Comments (10)

Vernon Shoemaker

The American forces in Syria were occupying foreign sovereign territory. They were uninvited by the Syrian government. They were an illegal invading force. They are replaced by Turkish forces, a supposed NATO ally, also an invasion.

Oct 19th
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Wendy Bruder

Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to this country for decades to come. We will be dealing with the fallout from this presidency for the foreseeable future. Way to go. what a disaster.

Oct 17th
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A Foreseen Calamity in Syria

A Foreseen Calamity in Syria