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Russia regains influence in the Middle East

PRAVDA Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Recent developments in the Middle East show that Russia has regained influence in the Middle East. It looks like while the American influence is declining, the Russian influence continues to rise. The developments in Syria clearly show these trends. After getting rid of Gaddafi, the Syrian President Assad was America's next target. America lined up many diverse forces to fight against the Syrian government forces. Besides the Syrian opponents of Assad, there were the Islamic radicals and the Kurds. Many Arab countries and Turkey were also supporting the American effort. Russia and Iran stood firmly with Assad. China also threw its support behind Assad. As it became apparent that America was not going to achieve its objective, the coalition America had put together started falling apart. The forces which were supposed to fight Assad started fighting each other and some switched sides. Turkey, which was considered the eastern flank of NATO, made up with Russia to a point that it even showed interest in acquiring the Russian weapons. Turkey was very concerned that the American-supported Kurds, who were operating in the area near the Turkish border, could cross the border and infiltrate Turkey and create problems for it. In a preemptive move, Turkey invaded Syria. America abandoned the Kurds. The Syrian forces, backed by Russia, decided to resist the invasion. The Kurds, who felt abandoned by America, felt that Russia came to their help in a very critical situation.
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