Pullback in Syria could prolong war ‘two or three decades,’ former top diplomat says . A former top State Department official says that President Trump’s green light for a Turkish invasion into northern ,
Syria was a “super-damaging” and “reckless” mistake that could prolong the war there for “probably two or three decades.” President Barack Obama, during an interview for the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery.”
“Well, he just extended this war by probably two or three decades. … I mean, it’s a kind of wild open season.” As chief of public diplomacy between 2013 and 2016,
Stengel spent much of his time trying to combat propaganda by the so-called Islamic State and Russia, a subject he writes about at length in his new book, “Information Wars , How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It.”
President Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered attacks against Syrian Kurdish fighters to create
A “safe zone” on his country’s border with Syria. The Turks view the Syrian Kurds as having links to the PKK, a militant Kurdish group in Turkey that Erdogan views as terrorists. But they have been allied with the U.S.
In the fight against ISIS and have borne the brunt of the combat, and casualties, for the past five years. “So the Turks and the Kurds will sort of go to war,” Stengel said. “The Russians will come in on the side of the Turks. The Iranians will continue to back Assad. I mean, to me, this is like this just pushed [the war] down the road.”
The most immediate danger, he said, is that thousands of Islamic State fighters who have been held in makeshift jails by the Kurds will now escape amid the fighting.