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President Trump Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Syria

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This picture shows US army vehicles supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that ISIS has been defeated in Syria and called for an immediate removal of American troops. In this segment, we’ll speak to Middle East experts about the declaration of victory and get their thoughts on who benefits and loses from an American exit from Syria.


Lina Khatib, head, Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House; former director, Carnegie Middle East Center

Aaron David Miller, vice president for new initiatives and distinguished fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; author,"The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President"<br />

Phyllis Bennis, fellow, Institute for Policy Studies; director, The New Internationalism Project; author, "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer"<br />

Liz Sly, foreign correspondent, Washington Post


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