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What Trump's Syria Debacle Means for ISIS

Posted On: Oct 18, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

What Trump's Syria Debacle Means for ISIS

To many counterterrorism experts, it has often seemed that President Donald Trump had an unerring instinct for bad policy. Blanket support for repressive dictators, Islamophobic language and the Muslim immigration ban, which alienated the Muslim Americans law enforcement depends on and encouraged white supremacists, a refusal to invest in programs to blunt extremism-what more damage could he do? Few, however, imagined that he might just give ISIS the enormous boost of the Syria debacle. Just months after the last scraps of ISIS' Caliphate were wrested from the organization, northern Syria has been plunged into chaos thanks to Trump's abrupt removal of U.S. troops from the region. Trump, a man addicted to superlatives, can now safely boast of having squandered a hard-fought military victory faster than anyone in history. And with the Turkish military and its proxies, Syrian forces, Kurdish fighters and Russian troops converging, there is real danger that prisons holding 11,000 ISIS fighters will be breached....

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