10 must-reads for today

Syrian forces are deployed around the city of Manbij (above) at the request of the Kurds, who fear a Turkish attack after the US troop pullout.
Syrian forces are deployed around the city of Manbij (above) at the request of the Kurds, who fear a Turkish attack after the US troop pullout.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

1 Trump delays US pullout

President Donald Trump has backtracked on his abrupt order two weeks ago to withdraw US troops from Syria in 30 days, with the pullout deadline for about 2,000 troops now extended to about four months. Mr Trump's changed stance comes after he faced criticism, including from retired military leaders, that his approach to national security was reckless.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe