Newsweek has learned that President Trump was given alternative Syria withdrawal plans involving UN peacemakers and diplomatic pressure, but opted instead for a speedy exit.
President Donald Trump said the United States is "7,000 miles away" from Syria, and regional countries had an as big, or even bigger stake in fighting ISIS—but Turkey not quite as much.
A top adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Turkey's incursion did not constitute "a military operation, but an invasion and aggression against the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic."
American troops hastily retreated from positions in northeastern Syria this week as Turkey pushed its operation against Kurdish-led militias there.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said "the attack on Iran was a sophisticated, state-sponsored action."
Speaking of a potential fight between Turkey and Syria, the Kremlin's special Syria envoy said "it not just that no one is interested, it is simply unacceptable."
At least 750 children have been arrested by Hong Kong police since mass anti-government protests broke out in June.
Iran's national security adviser said that President Donald Trump and his officials have revealed "some truths which the country's governing body previously lacked the courage to accept and express."
The U.S. "has been assisting the Russian forces to navigate through previously unsafe areas quickly," a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek.
Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from positions in Syria blindsided everyone. "To protect your friends, you've got to tell them the truth," said a former U.S. official.
President Trump's announced pullout of U.S. troops from Syria prompted an attack by Turkey on Syrian Kurds. U.S. special forces were shelled so heavily, they considered firing back.
Defense Secretary Marks Esper said the U.S.-Kurdish alliance "has been a longstanding concern, a thorn in the side of Turkey, and I guess they finally decided it was time to act."
Denise Ho said China's aggressive approach to freedom of expression is only making its reputation worse and its situation more difficult.
Thousands of ISIS fighters are being held by Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria, but the Turkish assault threatens the security of the detention centers there.
Turkey is facing widespread condemnation for its military operation against Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria.
Shortly after North Korea launched its latest submarine-launched ballistic missile test, the U.S. tested an even farther-flying weapon, something Pyongyang views as a "provocation."
President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. forces from Kurdish-held areas of Syria this week, leaving them open to a new Turkish offensive.
John McLaughlin called Trump's decision a "disaster" and illustrative of his "reckless instincts" regarding foreign policy.
Karwan Jamal Tahir, the high representative of the Kurdish Regional Government in London, told Newsweek he fears a fresh humanitarian crisis in Syria.
China "supports the Pakistani side" and says "the rights and wrongs are clear" in Kashmir, but there's an even wider game of geopolitical competition playing out in Asia.
The U.S. appears to have set itself and its Kurdish allies up for disaster by neglecting to help them negotiate a diplomatic solution with Turkey as well as the Syrian government.
Some 2,500 ISIS foreign fighters remain in Kurdish prisons in northeastern Syria, but the Turkish operation may threaten the security of such facilities.
Russia and Iran have both said that the only solution for Turkey's border worries were negotiations between Kurds and the Syrian government in Damascus.
Turkey wants to clear Kurdish armed forces away from its southern border in "Operation Peace Spring."
Allowing Turkey to act against the Kurdish-led SDF in northeastern Syria "will severely damage American credibility," retired General Joseph Votel said.
The U.S. has established the International Maritime Security Construct, while Iran has pursued a Coalition for HOPE, also called the Hormuz Peace Endeavor, both attempting to boost security in the Persian Gulf.
"Unfortunately, Turkey has chosen to act unilaterally. As a result we have moved the U.S. forces in northern Syria out of the path of potential Turkish incursion to ensure their safety," the Pentagon said.
A potential U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria could signal new divisions between Russia, Iran and Turkey, which have so far worked together in trilateral peace talks.
Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wrote to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien Monday to request clarification on the reports.
The White House has said Turkey will now be responsible for ISIS prisoners held by the Kurds, but an invasion of northern Syria could unleash chaos that ISIS fighters would try to exploit.