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Trump Gets His Turkey Withdrawal Deal With Bolton, Mattis Gone

  • Two top officials were replaced by less influential advisers
  • Republican voices opposing the move include Haley and Graham
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President Donald Trump has spent his presidency trying to draw down forces in “endless” wars from Afghanistan to Syria but had been stymied by his most senior advisers in almost every case. Until now.

In a Sunday night announcement, the White House said Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed U.S. forces would stand aside in northern Syria if Turkey sends in troops, exposing U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters -- who are viewed as terrorists in Ankara -- to the risk of slaughter. Trump said the U.S. had been in Syria too long, had achieved its goals and had already paid the Kurds for their cooperation in fighting Islamic State.