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Al Jazeera reports that the Turkish operation in northern Syria has started.
The paper also published a column about the consequences of the U.S. pullout:
The withdrawal is being seen by the Kurdish-spearheaded Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the region, which were key in a US-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, as leaving them open to attacks by Turkey.
The US's decision to withdraw its approximately 1,000 troops stationed in Syria has left the 60,000-strong force increasingly isolated and now seemingly locked in Ankara's sights.
Washington's move could prompt the SDF to side with US rivals Russia and Iran, the two main military military backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Trump's decision, made after a phone call with the Turkish president on Sunday, is really dumb for a number of reasons, one of which is this:
Analysts say Trump's decision on Syria may risk Republican support in Congress that he needs to survive the Democrat impeachment drive.
"His firewall in the Senate is 34 senators. He only has to lose one or two of them and he's in real trouble," Paul Rosenzweig, a senior fellow for national security at the conservative R Street Institute, told Al Jazeera.
If the Democratic-led House were to impeach Trump, the Senate would conduct a trial of the charges. Democrats would need to win at least 20 of 53 Republican senators to abandon the president to get the 67 votes that would be needed to remove Trump from the White House.
After Trump first announced he wanted to withdraw from Syria in December, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis resigned in protest. Since then, Pentagon leaders have stalled acting on the directive. As a result, there is no consensus within the Trump administration on any post-conflict plan to withdraw US forces from Syria.
In other words, Trump has absolutely NO IDEA what he is doing .....