The seeming incoherence didn’t stop there. A year ago, Trump hailed the great sacrifice and struggles of the Syrian Kurdish factions that led the advance against the Islamic State and held territory recaptured from the extremist militants. “They’re great people and we have not forgotten,” Trump said.

This week, though, he echoed the arguments of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Turks were taking necessary action against “terrorists” — not the Islamic State, that is, but the Syrian Kurds’ main militia itself, which Turkey views as an analogue of a Kurdish separatist group operating within…

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