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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from fires in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from fires in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

The Kurds, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Russia. President Trump had a simple message about the region: "Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand." But what can we learn from the region's complex history, and what does that mean for the reality on the ground? One foreign policy expert breaks it down.

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Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow in international and public affairs at Brown University's Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs. He tweets @stephenkinzer.

This segment aired on October 24, 2019.

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