The White House's October 6th announcement that it plans to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish invasion of the territory, has been greeted with widespread dismay both in the United States and abroad. Yet in truth, it should not have been altogether surprising.
Suddenly, Iran's clerical regime doesn't seem quite so powerful.
A slackening of ideological bonds;
Tehran eyes the South Caucasus...;
...as Beijing buckles a bit
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is betting big on China.
The PA drifts towards radicalism...;
...as Hamas cleans house (sort of)...;
...and bends the knee to Tehran;
al-Qaeda seeks to reclaim the high ground