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U.S. Plans Full and Rapid Withdrawal From Syria

December 22, 2018

Episode Notes:

The Trump Administration has ordered the full and rapid withdrawal of US forces from Syria, declaring victory over ISIS. This order has been given just several days after U.S. partner forces liberated the last urban ISIS stronghold of Hajin, Syria, following months of coalition air and artillery support.

Charles Lister, Senior fellow and Director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute, discusses the details, risks, and consequences of the rapid withdrawal.

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:37 ] Why withdraw now?
[ 3:21 ] The threat assessment of ISIS
[ 6:35 ] Is there an 'ideal' way to withdraw?
[ 9:28 ] Prognosis