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[Australia SPECTRUM] Key lessons for Korea and Australia from Trump's Syria decision

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says reports of IS family members escaping are false.

International media including those in South Korea stresses that there is a key lesson for either Australia or South Korea in the Turkish military strikes on Syria: our longstanding alliance with the US may be more fragile than we think.

Consider these comments from Donald Trump a year ago about the Kurdish forces who fought in Syria alongside US troops against ISIS.

"They fought with us, they died with us. We lost tens of thousands of Kurds fighting ISIS. They died for us and with us. They're great people. We don't forget, I don't forget," the US president said.

However, the reports from the northerneast Syria the situation has been made worse because they received next-to no warning of Trump's decision.

But the US withdrawal illustrates how determined Donald Trump is to pursue his "America first" policy and his reluctance for the US to act in its traditional (and expensive) role of world policeman.

The full story is available on the podcast above.

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