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Trump must choose a side in the Sunni-Shia war

By Gwynne Dyer      

Into the vicious complexity wanders the boy-man Donald Trump, with his full-spectrum ignorance. Will he go with Russia and Iran, or Turkey and Saudi Arabia?

While ex-U.S. president Barack Obama walked a fine line between allying with the regional Sunni and Shia powers in the Middle East, his successor Donald Trump, pictured, will have to decide soon which side he'll take. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore

LONDON, U.K.—The Sunni-Shia civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shias have won—thanks largely to American military help in Iraq’s case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria. Yet Russia and the United States are not allies in the Middle East. At least not yet.

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