October 28, 2019

U.S. Pushes Skeptical Allies to Step Up ISIS Fight in Syria

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalists Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer

Less than two days after a U.S. special operations raid led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, State and Defense Department officials are pushing skeptical U.S. allies to step up efforts to combat the militants and contain instability caused by a Turkish incursion into Kurdish-held territory.

But as the U.S. military continues its hastily conceived withdrawal of all but a handful of troops from Syria, experts and insiders say European and other regional allies are unlikely to contribute resources for a domestically unpopular mission spearheaded by an unreliable ally—the United States.

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Authors

  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...