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U.S. and Turkey Between Them May Give Syria’s Assad a Big Boost

  • Abandoned by U.S., Kurds may switch allegiances to Syria
  • U.S. shift ignores human cost of civil war, activist says
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Erdogan Threatens to Send Refugees to Europe After Syria Criticism

For the eight years that Syria has been mired in a civil war that’s claimed more than half a million lives, the U.S. and Turkey have been among the fiercest critics of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, arming his opponents and condemning his abuses.

In April 2017, and again a year later, President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets as punishment for what the U.S. said was the use of chemical weapons. Both Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have described Assad as a “butcher” of his people.