A sharp reminder that intervention without a proper goal and a full alliance must go badly. You become the foreign invader and a prime target.
Sticking around merely sustains a conflict that would otherwise dry up easily enough.
The Kurds were quite happy to allow US troops to maintain their interests in a GREATER KURDISTAN as long as they were willing. The minute that came to an end, sense struck. They are now loyal to Syria and Syria gets it northern border back.
An intervention with a clear objective followed by a quick exit plan may work as it surely intends to place a new local regime in place with legitimacy. Except doing that without hugely restoring large elements of the former regime is impossible..
Unintended Lessons from Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
by L. Reichard White
—Iraqis say Basra quieter after British troop pullout, Aref Mohammed, uk.reuters.com, Mon Oct 1, 2007 3:12pm BST