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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds gifted military intelligence to Russia

Moscow will examine abandoned US bases to improve their understanding of western operations, enabling them to develop future countermeasures.
River O'Mahoney Hagg.

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American allies

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds discuss the future of American foreign relations, as Turkish President Erdoğan visits the White House
U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019.

Turkey’s president gave Trump back a wild, threatening letter warning him against being ‘a fool’ and ‘the devil’ in Syri...

The letter from October warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan against military intervention in northern Syria. It was so unusual that many thought it was fake.
President Donald Trump makes a statement after US forces took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump downplayed central role Kurds played in Baghdadi raid after abandoning them in Syria

The Kurds were indispensable in crushing ISIS and taking out Baghdadi. In return, Trump abandoned them and barely thanked them for their help.
Former Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaks in a video released in April 2019,

Trump actively tried to derail the 3 biggest things that helped take out ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

The US was able to neutralize the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi because of the intelligence community, Syrian Kurds, and US presence in Syria.
President Donald J. Trump is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, left; Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley, and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans, Deputy Director for Special Operations on the Joint Staff, at right, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in the Situation Room of the White House monitoring developments as U.S. Special Operations forces close in on notorious ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria with a mission to kill or capture the terrorist.

The CIA got key information for the raid on al-Baghdadi’s ISIS compound after a wife of the leader and a courier were arrested

The agency worked with Iraqi and Kurdish intelligence officials to narrow down the leader's exact location and place local spies.
President Donald Trump.

Trump thanks Russia and other nations for helping with the US mission to kill ISIS leader al-Baghdadi

President Donald Trump thanked the Russian government among others for aiding US Special Forces in an operation that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the conflict in Syria as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stands at his side in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on October 23, 2019.

Trump tries to spin his disastrous Syria retreat into a big success, says he showed ‘vision’ and ‘courage’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday portrayed his Syria retreat as a big win, despite the calamitous consequences of his decision.

Trump says he’s bringing US troops home from ‘endless wars,’ but he’s actually building up forces in the Middle East

In recent months, Trump has deployed approximately 14,000 additional troops to the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions with Iran.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) during their joint press conference after Russian-Turkish meeting at Bocharov Rucheu State Residence at Black Sea resort on October 12, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. Erdogan is having a one-day trip to Sochi to talk with Vladimir Putin on situation in Syria.

Putin and Erdogan agreed to a ‘historic’ deal to consolidate power in Syria and humble Kurdish forces. Here are the winners and losers.

Here are the winners and losers from the agreement reached Tuesday, and what it means for the region's future as it tries to rebuild.