In a telephone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Trump announced that the US would no longer send arms to the Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Despite being loyal allies in the fight against Daesh (the Islamic State) and bearing the burden of the ground war, the US has left the Kurds without a major supporter. The decision was made without consultation with the US Defense Department or the State Department whose officials were caught unaware of the change. Dropping a loyal ally could hardly inspire other allies, and I fight it hard to believe that Turkey or Iran will reward the US for abandoning their enemies, the Kurds.
The Nile at Night