West Asia

Out of Syria

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U.S. Special Forces personnel at a front-line outpost outside the northern Syrian city of Manbij, a February 2018 picture. Photo: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

President Donald Trump with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018. Photo: Tatyana Zenkovich/AP

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: REUTERS

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters raise the opposition flag as they arrive in the rebel-held border town of Qirata, on December 25, 2018. Photo: NAZEER AL-KHATIB/ AFP

Damascus is spared regime change as President Donald Trump orders the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in a significant concession to the U.S.’ estranged NATO ally, Turkey, which demanded that Washington discontinue its backing of the Kurdish militia.
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