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The US's complicated Middle East policy mix

Washington hopes to create a stable balance of power that would not require the deployment of US ground troops in the region and is not looking for a regime change

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Mr Trump said he was ordering a pull-out of the roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria because IS had been defeated, an assessment rubbished by many.

WHEN his fans claim, and his detractors sometimes agree, that US President Donald Trump is "authentic" and that he "says what everyone thinks", they usually have in mind your standard Archie Bunker applauding The Donald's most recent violation of a political correctness directive.

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