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Trump Shouldn’t Withdraw Troops—He Should Rebrand

The president’s plan is a disaster. If he wants to claim victory, there’s a better way.
Source: Rodi Said / Reuters

At an Ohio rally in March, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would leave Syria “very soon.” Discussions within the administration after the remarks ultimately led Trump, by September, to commit to a broader plan to remain in the country to ensure the defeat of Islamic State.

Despite that official recommitment, Trump’s words in Ohio did great damage, notably by eroding trust in and among the Kurdish-dominated forces. Before Ohio, the popularity of the U.S.-backed force was actually growing as it drove out from much of the country and created a de facto safe zone that Bashar al-Assad

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