On December 19 after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that ISIL had been defeated, and it was time to bring American soldiers home from Syria. He said further that he’d also be taking soldiers out of Afghanistan. In direct response, the Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted his resignation. So, what strategy is the American president pursuing? Will ISIL be given room for revival? And what will be the impact on Syria, the Kurds, and the situation in Afghanistan?

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