Feb 26,2018 – JORDAN TIMES –
It is clear that the Trump administration in the US is adopting a new strategy in the Middle East that is far more engaged than the Obama administration.
This year, the US position in Syria has been very aggressive, both militarily and politically. This approach is likely to keep the crisis going, but it could also further spread chaos across the region. US policy in Syria has a real potential to fracture the country that would, at best, result in a federation of states, which is exactly what Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested after US promised to withdraw troops following the fall of ISIS.
“It’s very likely that the Americans have taken a course of dividing the country. They just gave up their assurances, given to us, that the only goal of their presence in Syria — without an invitation of the legitimate government – was to defeat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and the terrorists,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister has expressed his concerns, calling on the US not to “play with fire” in Syria and emphasised that the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be preserved. He said, “Such fears arise when we get acquainted with the plans that the US is beginning to implement on the ground, primarily to the east of the Euphrates, on vast territories between this river and the border of Syria with Iraq and Turkey.”
The change in US policy under President Donald Trump could lead to a spread of violence across the region, and as more groups join in, countries like Iran and Turkey will be impacted …