As the Islamic State’s caliphate disappears from Syria’s map, the country is settling into a twilight reality of de facto division, in which a variety of low-burning insurgencies continue to claim lives.
Turkey grows increasingly impatient regarding the situation in northern Syria. It has promised the establishment of a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurds. How much longer will it wait? Can it execute a military offensive if the U.S. won’t permit?
The U.S. withdrawal from Syria has officially begun after some weeks of preparation. Will the U.S. completely pull out or just partially? What would be the timetable for a full withdrawal? And what will be the fate of the Kurds?
Arab hatred of Turkey is so extreme that the last thing the Arab states wish to see is the return of the Ottoman Empire whose police tortured and killed them without mercy. This can and should lead to strange alliances.
Israel and Turkey’s leaders are at it again, trading barbs on Twitter and verbally on who has a worse human rights record. It’s just another incident in a saga of declining relations between the two countries.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has traded barbs with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu over their humanitarian records. How will the two countries’ roles in Syria play out as the U.S. packs up and leaves the war torn country?