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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:12 AM

ISIS Reaps Gains of U.S. Pullout From Syria


The troop withdrawal ends American operations against the terrorist group conducted jointly with a Kurdish-led militia.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Eric Schmitt
Oct. 21, 2019, 9:33 a.m. ET

American forces and their Kurdish-led partners in Syria had been conducting as many as a dozen counterterrorism missions a day against Islamic State militants, officials said. That has stopped.

Those same partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces, had also been quietly releasing some Islamic State prisoners and incorporating them into their ranks, in part as a way to keep them under watch. That, too, is now in jeopardy.

And across Syria’s porous border with Iraq, Islamic State fighters are conducting a campaign of assassination against local village headmen, in part to intimidate government informants.

When President Trump announced this month that he would pull American troops out of northern Syria and make way for a Turkish attack on the Kurds, Washington’s onetime allies, many warned that he was removing the spearhead of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Now, analysts say that Mr. Trump’s pullout has handed the Islamic State its biggest win in more than four years and greatly improved its prospects. With American forces rushing for the exits, in fact, American officials said last week that they were already losing their ability to collect critical intelligence about the group’s operations on the ground.

“There is no question that ISIS is one of the big winners in what is happening in Syria,” said Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House, a research center in London.


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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:13 AM

1. Make ISIS Great Again

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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:18 AM

2. Good toon - nails it...

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