The Precipitous American Withdrawal from Syria Will Embolden Israel’s Enemies

On Sunday evening, the White House abruptly announced plans to remove the U.S. military contingent from northeastern Syria—an area that, since the defeat of Islamic State, has been held in cooperation with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces. The decision, apparently coordinated with Ankara, comes on the heels of Turkish plans to seize an area in the northern part of the country to create a buffer zone. Warning that the move could pave the way for a resurgent Islamic State, Yaakov Lappin adds an even graver danger:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Kurds, Syrian civil war, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy

 

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy