The staring contest in Syria continues. A trilateral summit of Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders wrapped up in Tehran on Friday. Noticeably absent was the president of Syria. The situation is no more clear on the ground than when the summit started. Cryptically, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not sit on the sidelines if a Syrian operation in Idlib went forward. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he believed a truce would emerge … but also said terrorist groups would never lay down their weapons, so mixed messages there. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani blamed everything on the United States and insisted the territorial integrity of Syria must be respected. All sides said they would work together to fight Islamist terrorists, and, apropos of something, said they would try to ease their dependence on the dollar. The statements are interesting, but the actions are more telling: Russia and Syria resumed bombing parts of Idlib and Hama on Saturday. Russia-Tu
Daily Memo: A Staring Contest in Syria, Insecurity in Iraq
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