New Syrian reality

Print edition : April 28, 2017

A March 7 video grab of U.S. forces patrolling on the outskirts of Manbij, the Syrian town that was a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, in Aleppo province. Photo: AP

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Since Trump assumed office, the U.S. armed forces have bombed along the geography of the War on Terror—from Yemen to Iraq and Syria. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "It's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out." Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP

Bashar al-Assad. The comments by the Trump administration do not clarify the political difficulties posed inside and around Syria. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP

With a shift in slogan from “Assad must go” to “Assad can stay”, regime change in Damascus seems to be off the table. But what is not clear is the status of the U.S. and Israeli policy to isolate Iran.
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