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Trump's U-turn: Co-opting the old-timers
A key promise of US President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail was that he would "drain the swamp" in Washington DC after winning the election. Yet, the latest reports coming out of the US say Trump has filled his transition team with the so-called Washington insiders and lobbyists.
Since November 8, when Republican Donald Trump emerged the victor on election day, protests have been breaking out across the US, with demonstrators voicing anger at the billionaire businessman's controversial campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women.
US-backed rebels bow out
Nearly a week ago, a US-backed Kurdish Arab alliance launched a massive operation to liberate the city of Raqqah in Syria, which is the self-declared capital of Daesh terrorists in the Arab country. The operation, dubbed The Wrath of the Euphrates, pitted some 30,000 fighters, including Arabs, Turkmen, and Kurds, against the Takfiri terrorists. But unlike the operation for the liberation of Mosul in Iraq, where forces form a unified front against the terrorists, rifts have already opened up in the ranks of the US-backed militants in Syria.