In Defying the Odds, we discuss foreign policy issues in the 2016 campaign. The update -- recently published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.
Carlotta Gall and Patrick Kingsley at NYT:
Hundreds of relatives of Islamic State fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp on Sunday morning after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area, an aid group said, deepening the crisis prompted by the Turkish-led invasion of northern Syria.
The escapes raised fears that the attempts to contain affiliates of the militant group were crumbling.
A Kurdish official also said that the flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, had been raised in the countryside between the camp in the Kurdish-held town of Ain Issa and the Turkish border, another indication of how the Kurdish authorities were losing control of a region they had freed from the extremists only months ago.
.....The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2019
Trump aides have gone to lengths this week to insist he didn't endorse the Turkish incursion when he talked to Erdogan last weekend. "Let them" fight, he tweets this morning. https://t.co/MRGW4zAqUX— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 13, 2019
US official - the situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly in Syria. Extremist Turkish proxies have advanced. US Forces at risk of being isolated. increased risk of confrontation between Turkish proxies and US Forces unless Turkey halts their advance immediately.— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) October 13, 2019