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Trump's Syria retreat is giving ISIS 'time and space' to strike the West, blistering Pentagon report says

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A Pentagon Inspector General report says President Donald Trump's decision to retreat from northeastern Syria and allow a Turkish incursion there gives ISIS the ability to rebuild and plan attacks on the West.
Prior to the Turkish incursion in early October, a Pentagon report indicated that ISIS was already beginning to regroup, committing assassinations and extorting civilians.
The report also indicates that some of the Turkish-backed opposition forces currently fighting in northeastern Syria may have previously helped smuggle ISIS fighters.
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Pentagon & war-hawks agree: US troops should stay in Syria - 'because ISIS'

Pentagon & war-hawks agree: US troops should stay in Syria - 'because ISIS'

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The withdrawal of American troops from Syria has set the stage for a return of Islamic State, claims a new Pentagon report. The report aligns the Pentagon with war-hungry lawmakers who opposed the withdrawal from the outset.
In a report released on Tuesday, the Defense Department's Inspector General warns that without a US presence in northeastern Syria, the terror group will “likely be able to rebuild and carry out more sophisticated operations.”
The withdrawal from Syria - where the US has no legal right to be in the first place - is only a partial one, with some troops and assets...
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IS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of US troops: Pentagon report

IS exploited Turkey's Syria invasion, drawdown of US troops: Pentagon report

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WASHINGTON - Islamic State has exploited Turkey's incursion into northeastern Syria and the drawdown of U.S. troops from the region, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Pentagon's Inspector General, adding that the militant group will likely have the "time and space" to target the West.
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ISIS Fighters Are Gaining Strength After Trump's Syria Pullout, U.S. Spies Say

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The Defense Intelligence Agency says ISIS is resurgent inside Syria and has a greater ability to mount terrorist attacks against the West as a result of President Donald Trump's decision to hastily withdraw American troops from the war-torn country last month.
The assessment, publicly disclosed Tuesday in a Department of Defense Office of Inspector General report , focused on the abrupt decision to remove all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria. The move created a power vacuum and set off a series of violent developments on the ground that risks upending more than five years of progress...
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ISIS rebuilds in Syria after Turkish incursion and U.S. drawdown, says Pentagon watchdog

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A Pentagon report says the death of leader al-Baghdadi was a "significant blow" but wouldn't stop ISIS from rebuilding.
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