To help Iraq in tackling Daesh, the US offered to move its troops to Iraq after the Syria pullout. But Washington faced an unprecedented denial from Baghdad.
TRT World spoke to reputed academic and civil rights activist Sami al Arian who explained what caused the US and much of Europe to show indifference to Ankara's security concerns emanating from northern Syria.
Earlier, US President Trump had ordered the bulk of approximately 1,000 US troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkish President Erdogan said his forces were about to enter Syria to push back YPG terrorists.
The explosion, which witnesses said collapsed the mosque's roof, took place in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.
Arab governments criticising Turkey's operation in northeastern Syria don't have a leg to stand on.
Senator Lindsey Graham has reversed his position on the Turkish operation against the US-backed YPG terror group, after initially maintaining that arming them was a "dumb idea" in the first place.
US President Donald Trump has admitted to working with groups on US and Turkish terror lists. He has also given mixed signals about his position about Turkey going into northern Syria, threatening his NATO ally with economic destruction.
The US has opened the way for Turkey's cross-border operation in northern Syria, which is aimed at clearing the region from the YPG presence and overseeing Daesh prisoners.
Iraqi officials said that twelve civilians have been killed and five wounded in an explosion on a bus at the main checkpoint for the northern entrance to Karbala.
Turkey will launch an operation in Syria if a safe zone is not established, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs says, as US envoy James Jeffrey meets senior officials in Ankara and regime and Russia step up deadly attacks in de-escalation zones.
Critics have bemoaned the slow progress made by an investigative team of the UN Security Council but the agency outlined solid gains made in recent months.
For years US terror warnings have focused on groups like Al Qaeda or Daesh, but the latest warnings from US law enforcement agencies point to homegrown terrorists as the most immediate danger.
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