As the US moves out of the Middle East, mayhem moves in

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As the US moves out of the Middle East, mayhem moves in

With Washington pulling back and losing interest, the complexity of regional conflict is escalating rapidly

Peter Apps

In parts of Syria dubbed “de-escalation zones” by the government, what could yet prove a new regional conflict is escalating fast.

Its protagonists, Turkey on one side and the Syrian government with its Russian backers on the other, had only a few months ago looked open to forging a new alliance. Instead, they are now killing each other’s troops and are at each other’s throats.

This latest instalment in Syria’s war points to a much broader picture across the Middle East. As the US pulls back and loses interest, the complexity of regional conflict is escalating quickly...

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