war on the rocks

U.S.-Backed Forces Attack Final ISIS Stronghold in Syria

March 12, 2019

Episode Notes:

In Syria, U.S.-backed forces have been laying siege to the last ISIS stronghold for weeks, postponing its final assault to allow the evacuation of thousands of civilians. On Sunday, the offensive has resumed.

Craig Whiteside, Associate Professor at the Naval War College and Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism at the Hague, catches us up on what's happening now.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this episode are the guest's alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Naval War College or the U.S. Government.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:58 ] Overview of the offensive
[ 3:36 ] About the 'stronghold'
[ 5:30 ] Is ISIS defeated?
[ 9:19 ] What comes after the fall of Baghouz