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    Forget fake news, prepare for fake peace as Trumps Middle East endgame looms [OPINION]

    Forget fake news, prepare for fake peace as Trumps Middle East endgame looms [OPINION]

    February 11th, 2017 Tom Coburg Global, Opinion



    Power games in the Middle East are seldom about fighting terrorism or securing human rights. Theyre about oil, and who controls its supply. But an endgame in the Syrian conflict may now be in sight. And that endgame is likely to leave the tyrants intact, and Daesh (Isis/Isil) bloodied but unbowed. Kurdish-led secular forces fighting against Daesh on the ground, meanwhile, are likely to lose out.

    Trumps reassessment

    The gains of Kurdish-led forces in Syria now look under threat from a switch in foreign policy from the US. President Trump has hinted that the US may cease its recent strategic and superficial support for these forces, which have been on the front line fighting against Daesh since long before most people in the West knew of the groups existence.

    Trump is yet to come to a final decision on whether the US will continue to back the Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces). But many military advisers continue to argue that this option remains the best. If the liberation of Daesh-held territory and a lasting peace are to be obtained, that is.
    War is just business

    As a businessman, though, Trump is no fan of long, drawn out campaigns. Instead, he is likely to build a US foreign policy around securing a quick and cost effective solution. And we all know how successful those usually are.

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    Read More: https://www.thecanary.co/2017/02/11/...looms-opinion/

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    Does Trump even matter with Saudi and Israel meeting to divide up the spoils?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downwinder View Post
    Does Trump even matter with Saudi and Israel meeting to divide up the spoils?
    Good question. They could just cut him out, but they may need the US support, weapons, etc.

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