The Middle East: Winners and losers

Russia has won the prize, but the prize is a can of worms.

In Summary
  • The outcome of all those wars was already becoming clear, and it is the Russians and Bashar al-Assad who have won.
  • When Donald Trump pulled US troops out of Syria on October 6, betraying the Kurds, Russian diplomacy finessed that into another win for Assad.

The death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi serves as a symbolic full stop to the many civil wars that have engulfed Syria in the past eight years, although Baghdadi was not personally in charge of ...

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