At the close of the G20 summit in St. Petersberg, President Obama signaled he was not moving away from his push for military action against Syria. Host Vladimir Putin said that would destabilize the Middle East.
The first American troops and military vehicles have left Syria and moved into Iraq, according to observers. US officials are set to continue talks with Turkey on ensuring safety for the Kurdish fighters in the area.
With the US pulling out of Syria, Russia holds the cards to determine how far Turkey can go with a military option. Diplomatic and military factors may be causing Turkey to think twice.
The US national security adviser has signaled a pause in planned troop withdrawals. The move abruptly announced by President Donald Trump last month was initially expected to be completed within weeks.
The G20 summit is supposed to focus on development and infrastructure. But Jamal Khashoggi's death, the war in Yemen, a US-China trade war and the Russia-Ukraine conflict are also expected to be major talking points.
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