Turkey's government has inked new accords with Armenia and Syria, evidence of its bid to establish itself as a regional soft-power broker.
June's pullback is part of the phased withdrawal of US forces. Will it jeopardize hard-won security gains?
Prime Minister Erdogan's popular tirade on Gaza also hurt his credibility.
Back-channel discussions between Syria and Israel are being facilitated by Turkey, which has close ties to Israel and growing ties to Syria. The United States is supportive of the effort.