President Trump stunned many across the world this week when he declared ISIS had been defeated. Now he wants America’s roughly 2,000 troops out of northeastern Syria, where they’ve been fighting alongside local Arab and mostly Kurdish forces since October 2015. It’s a demand that wasn’t necessarily without warning. And it’s a decision so controversial Defense Secretary Jim Mattis became the first defense secretary in U.S. history to resign in protest of a sitting U.S. president’s policies.
- On this episode, we’ll revisit some of our most memorable Syrian forecasts from more than a half-dozen of our guests this year, including Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Heiko Wimmen, Charles Lister, Ambassador James Jeffrey, Gen. Joseph Votel, Mara Karlin, Jason Warner and Hassan Hassan.