The Syrian conflict could spark World War III.
Who says so? Donald Trump.
Yes, in 2016 as he battled Hillary Clinton for the presidency, Mr Trump said the Clinton plan for Syria would “lead to World War III”, pitting two nuclear powers — the US and Russia — directly against each other.
In an interview with Reuters, then Republican candidate Trump, said the focus should be more on Islamic State than Bashar al Assad’s Syria; indeed ousting Assad, he argued, was “secondary, to me, to ISIS”.
Fast forward and there are new warnings of a global conflict and it is President Trump himself who finds himself at the centre.
Could this spell World War III?
Now Middle East analyst Jonathan Schanzer, in an interview with ABC News program Matter of Fact, says the Syria conflict is beginning to look like World War III.