Trump surprised Erdogan with the decision to leave Eastern Syria. Reuel Marc Gerecht @FDD

Jan 11, 04:53 AM

Photo: The inauguration of President Hashim al-Atassi in 1936

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At the presidential inauguration of en:Hashim al-Atassi in Parliament on en:December 31, en:1936. Back row, standing from left to right: Tawfiq al-Shishakli, Fakhri al-Barudi, George Sihnawi, en:Faris al-Khury, the Speaker of Parliament, Ibrahim Hananu, and en:Nazim al-Kudsi. Bottom row, from left to right: ex-Prime Minister en:'Ata' Bay al-Ayyubi, Mustapha al-Qusayri, Bahjat al-Shihabi, Said al-Ghazzi, and Edmond Homsi. In the middle, delivering his address, is President Hashim al-Atassi.

Trump surprised Erdogan with the decision to leave Eastern Syria. Reuel Marc Gerecht @FDD

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and intelligence. He was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, he served as a Middle Eastern specialist at the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.

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