The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security

The U.S. withdrawal makes Russia the new arbiter of everyone’s interests, including Israel’s.

By giving Turkey a green light to invade northern Syria, the U.S. upended the balance of power in the Middle East with a single stroke. Russia is the biggest winner.

The Turkish attack, launched in conjunction with Sunni Arab Islamist groups in Syria’s north, had the predictable effect of causing Washington’s erstwhile Kurdish allies to request Bashar Assad’s assistance. Some 150,000 Kurdish civilians had already fled their homes to escape the advance of the Turkish military and its Islamist proxies.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal, 16.10.2019

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