Turkey hoped Donald Trump would be less supportive of the Kurds than Barack Obama. It doesn’t look like it.
Trump counseled his predecessor against intervening in Syria only to later criticize him for not intervening in Syria.
Analysis and commentary about Donald Trump’s first direct military action against Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian dictator is not going to help defeat the self-declared caliphate. He helped create it.
Syria could become a patchwork of Russian, Turkish and American-backed enclaves.
Now comes the time for battle against the remaining jihadists, coupled with Turkey’s war against the Kurds.
Donald Trump’s pact doesn’t make sense: Neither Bashar Assad nor Russia is interested in defeating the Islamists.
Age-old stereotypes about the Middle East do little to help us make sense of the war in Syria today.
Russia and the United States have short-, medium- and long-term interests in pacifying Syria.
Turkey’s first priority is stopping Kurdish separatism. Longer term, it is looking at gaining regional influence.
Why did Turkey chose this moment to drive a wedge between Islamic State and Kurdish militants in Syria?
The Syrian dictator has so far left the Kurds alone. What changed his mind is anyone’s guess.