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It’s decision time for the US in Syria

The stakes are real. As is the need to tackle the pressing policy questions head on.

When it comes to Syria, the same set of tradeoffs has existed for years. But now they are being thrust once more into the headlines for three reasons:

1) The end of the fight against ISIS, which many thought arrived with Raqqa’s liberation late last year.

3) The loss of American life as policymakers decide the shape of America’s future footprint in Syria.

Taken together, these three issues point to a critical moment, in which long-festering policy questions that have been years in the making have created a pivotal turning point for the US in Syria.

Meanwhile, US service members — in particular from the special operations community — continue to deploy for what is now an even more challenging mission: continuing the ISIS fight while attention dwindles, Turkey threatens to invade Manbij — where US forces remain present for now — and where the future is decidedly unclear.
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