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'Let someone else fight': What next for NATO after US pullout from Syria?

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"Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand." Those were Donald Trump's words from the White House on Wednesday as the US president lifted sanctions on Turkey, endorsed a deployment brokered by Russia and chastised European allies for, as he put it, their "unresponsive" attitude to taking back jihadists held up to now by the Kurds in northeast Syria.

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Where does it leave the French and the British, who also deployed jet fighters and special forces to the area? More broadly, is it another nail in the coffin of NATO as we know it? In other words: an Atlantic Alliance where 27 of 29 members are European, but where the United States currently spends more militarily than all other members combined? We make sense of the mixed messages out of Washington.

We also discuss the situation on the ground, where the Russian deployment continues and the ceasefire seems tenuous at best, and where it is unclear where the last US troops are actually headed.

How much have the last two weeks upended the balance of power in Syria... and beyond?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ingri Bergo.

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