The decision by Trump to move the American troops from Syria has been criticized a lot, as Turkey aggressively entered the territory to deal with the Kurds.
But there is another problem that has arisen, and that is the return of ISIS as the Kurdish people were one of the most active fighters against the Islamic State in the region. They were known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Many people warned Trump that this will happen if he withdrew the U.S. army from the region. However, he did not listen to anybody as he said that America has been too long in that place and it is time for their soldiers to come back home. On the other hand, he threatened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will destroy the Turkish economy if Erdogan continues to spread violence in the northern part of Syria.
According to some analysts, Trump’s withdrawal has given ISIS its biggest win in the last four years and has greatly improved its prospects. With the U.S. forces rushing for the exits, in fact, American officials said that they were already losing their ability to collect critical intelligence about ISIS’ operations on the Ground.
Lina Khatib, a director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House, a research center in London, said:
“There is no question that ISIS is on of the big winners in what is happening in Syria.’’
According to the New York Times, the group retains as many as 18,000 members in Iraq and Syria, including up to 3,000 foreigners, according to estimates cited in a recent Pentagon report. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph is still at large.
“Our battle today is one of attrition and stretching the enemy. Jihad is ongoing until the day of judgment,’’ said al-Baghdadi in a video message that was published in April.