Threats

US Intel Aircraft to Remain Over Syria As Ground Forces Pull Out

SecDef Esper heads to Mideast, NATO to talk about the future fight against ISIS.

Ideas

10 Hard Realities of America’s Next Syria Policy

The troops are leaving, but the U.S. still has regional and global interests in what happens there.

Ideas

The Intelligence Fallout From Trump’s Withdrawal in Syria

The chaotic withdrawal from Syria will severely weaken U.S. efforts in the country—and could also be a boost for Russia and Iran.

Threats

US Agrees to Lift Sanctions on Turkey in Syria ‘Ceasefire’ Deal

“From what I understand it’s not a ceasefire,” Sen Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told reporters on Capitol Hill. “You have one-hundred-and-X number of hours to get out of here before we kill you.”

Threats

US Lawmakers Fear The Damage Is Done On Syria

“The egg may be scrambled,” said one Armed Services Committee lawmaker amid a welter of efforts to salvage the situation.

Threats

The US Literally Doesn’t Know How Many ISIS Fighters Have Escaped In Syria

“We just have less eyes on the ground to know for sure what is happening,” said one senior defense official.

Policy

Turkey’s Military Ties to US and NATO Remain Strong: US Army Leaders

Joint exercises remain on the schedule as Turkish forces attack America’s Syrian rebel allies.

Ideas

Trump Is Complicit in Erdoğan’s Violence

Now the war in Syria has a victor. And it’s not the U.S.

Threats

The US Is Leaving Syria. Russia Is Moving In.

“I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!” Trump tweeted.

Ideas

ISIS Is Gloating

The best one could say about America’s abandonment of the Kurds is that they should have known we would sell them out eventually.

Ideas

Why Is Turkey in NATO Anyway?

Both sides have been repeatedly disappointed in the decades since Ankara joined the alliance. Is it time to call it off?

Threats

US Defense Secretary: I Can't Put Forces Between Turks and Kurds

Esper explained why the U.S.-backed rebels will get no air cover or other help. But he couldn't explain why U.S. troops were moved after this particular Turkish threat to invade.

Threats

Anti-ISIS Operations In Syria Cease Amid Turkish Assault

“The SDF is clearly focused on the northern border to protect their forces,” a defense official said.

Policy

Why US Officials Say Trump is Flexing on Foreign Policy

“Trump has been Trump in foreign policy—but the safety nets are gone,” said one senior national security official, of the president’s Syria decision.

Ideas

The Forever War Fought by America’s Allies

The U.S.-backed soldiers who battled ISIS across Syria and Iraq could be locked in the struggle for a very long time.

Threats

As Assault Begins, Trump Vows to Make Turkey Keep Its Word While Lawmakers Vow Punishment

The president said 'far more than sanctions' awaits Turkey if its assault taking over northern Syria is not 'as humane as possible.'

Ideas

Trump Is Killing a Fatally Flawed Syria Policy

Did the president betray the Kurds or help dismantle a contradictory strategy in Syria? Both.

Ideas

'It Didn't Have to Be This Way': Just-Retired CENTCOM General

Trump's decision "threatens to undo five years’ worth of fighting against ISIS and will severely damage American credibility and reliability," writes Joseph Votel, who until March led America's forces in the Mideast.