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For Trump, Syria Exit Is a Win. Putin May See It That Way Too

  • Russia left free to complete Syria’s reunification under Assad
  • Abandonment of Kurds may further hurt U.S. image as partner
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Trump Tweet Causes Confusion Over Turkey and Syria

President Donald Trump said his decision to shift U.S. troops out of the path of a threatened Turkish military incursion in Syria will be regretted most by Russia and China. They “love to see us bogged down” in expensive military quagmires, he tweeted on Monday.

To some Russian and U.S. analysts and officials, however, Moscow is likely to be a major beneficiary of the move.