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Turkey Invades Syria

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Late this weekend, the White House announced that U.S. armed forces will leave the war-torn region of Northeastern Syria in order to make way for Turkish occupation. The move came suddenly after a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and the President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan.

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  • Writing: Describe the historic events that have descended the region into conflict. Name the key alliances and motivations that led the U.S. to leave the region.
  • Debate: The decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria will result in regional destabilization.
  • Poll: Do you think removing U.S. forces in the region without an exit strategy will cause more harm than good?
  • Short Answer: What are the White House’s suspected motives behind this sudden policy move?

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