Donald Trump’s decision to cut arms to Kurdish forces in Syria may have pleased the Turkish government, but it also showed the extent of Washington’s seriousness in containing Iran in the Middle East. The fact is that the United States does not appear to have any systematic plan, beyond Mr Trump’s rhetoric, to counter Tehran’s regional influence.
Michael Young is opinion editor of The Daily Star. He tweets @BeirutCalling.
The recent evacuation of ISIL militants from the Syrian-Lebanese border area to Al Bukamal in eastern Syria continues to make waves.