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From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tatters

From Trump tweets to Pentagon leaks, infighting leaves US Middle East policy in tattersUS Middle East policy was plunged into fresh chaos on Monday following a pair of confusing, menacing tweets on Syria and Turkey by Donald Trump and a string of leaks from State Department and Pentagon officials targeting the hardline White House national security adviser John Bolton over Iran. In a pair of Sunday afternoon tweets, Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it were to attack Syria’s Kurds, advocated the creation of a 20-mile buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border, and seemed to imply that Russia, Iran and the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad will take up the anti-Isis fight as the US withdraws troops from northern Syria.



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Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

Trump's evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomatRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn't show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel forces in Syria.



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Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speech

Top US diplomat assails Obama in Mideast policy speechCAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies on Thursday, accusing the former president of "misguided" thinking that diminished America's role in the region while harming its longtime friends and emboldening Iran.



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Trump administration's backtracking on Syria leaves foreign policy in a better place

Trump administration's backtracking on Syria leaves foreign policy in a better placeTweeter in chief Donald Trump's dizzying movement of U.S. troops has not been without casualties. Far too much is at stake in Syria: Our view



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Syria Policy: The Hawks’ Talons Sink Deeper into Trump

Syria Policy: The Hawks’ Talons Sink Deeper into TrumpAmericans mistakenly placed their hopes in Donald Trump for a more restrained and less militaristic U.S. foreign policy.



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The Breakdown of U.S. Syria Policy

The Breakdown of U.S. Syria PolicyWhat is clear is that the decision to withdraw is not the only thing that unraveled the policy.



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Trump attacks critics of his Syria policy as 'failed generals,' says moving 'slowly' on pullout

Trump attacks critics of his Syria policy as 'failed generals,' says moving 'slowly' on pulloutCritics say Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria will give ISIS terrorists a chance to regroup.



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On foreign policy, a confident Trump removes his training wheels

On foreign policy, a confident Trump removes his training wheelsIn the days preceding last July’s NATO summit in Brussels that President Trump was set to attend, administration officials including Defense Secretary James Mattis worked around the clock with European allies to seal a summit declaration before the alliance leaders’ meeting even began. The rush by Mr. Mattis and others to complete a deal they knew might not sit well with their boss – who had consistently aired his doubts about the benefits of international defense alliances like NATO and his disdain for what he considered to be freeloading allies – was striking. What it displayed was one more example of Mr. Trump’s top national security advisers working around the president’s skepticism and unpredictability toward traditional allies to confirm America’s unaltered global leadership role.



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James Mattis exits, along with the guardrails for Donald Trump's foreign policy

James Mattis exits, along with the guardrails for Donald Trump's foreign policyDefense secretary and president have clashing world views. Mattis believes in respecting allies and confronting authoritarians: Our view



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New Trump administration policy requires asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico, bans US entry

New Trump administration policy requires asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico, bans US entryThe U.S. has long allowed asylum-seekers to remain here pending an immigration judge's decision on their application. They now must remain in Mexico.



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