CEFTUS briefing on the planned US withdrawal from Syria

20 December 2018

The planned US withdrawal from Syria puts Turkey in a strong position to shape the outcome of the conflict

  • The US appears set to fulfil the longstanding Turkish demand to end its support for Kurdish-led fighters in Syria
  • The unexpected decision by President Trump paves the way for Turkey to greatly expand its influence in Syria through a new military operation
  • Trump’s plan is likely to be delayed by complications on the ground, but damages the prospects of a Kurdish-led autonomous region in Syria’s north-east

President Trump has signalled his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria, with media reports indicating the process will begin almost immediately, with the aim of being completed within 100 days. The decision comes after a conversation between Presidents Trump and Erdogan on December 14, in which the Turkish leader is reported to have…

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