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The history behind Trump’s betrayal of Syrian Kurds

By Scott Taylor      

On the surface, it appears to be an open and shut case of simple betrayal on the part of the Donald. However, let’s start adding some context and modern history to the equation.

It was in the immediate aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump announcing the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region that Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan launched his cross-border attack, writes Scott Taylor. Mr. Trump and Mr. Erdoğan are pictured at the G20 meeting in Japan in June. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/Gage Skidmore

OTTAWA—In the wake of Turkey’s recent military offensive against the Kurdish forces in northern Syria, we have seen a very complex regional conflict dumbed down to the simple equation of: “Trump bad.”

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