Prepare for a Return of ISIS

| Kimberly Kagan
Kimberly Kagan

There is considerable debate over whether ISIS in Syria has been defeated to a significant enough degree that it would not be able to quickly rebuild as soon as U.S. troops leave Syria. 

As part of our special coverage on Syria, The Cipher Brief spoke with Dr. Kimberly Kagan, the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington D.C.

The Cipher Brief:  What are both the risks and benefits of a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria?

Kagan:  The president has made a decision to withdraw, and withdrawing from Syria, in the face of ISIS still remaining there, is similar to the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan after the Soviet war. This is exactly how we got to 9/11, and the president has set us on a course to be out of Syria as ISIS revives its organization and its military capabilities.

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The Author is Kimberly Kagan

Dr. Kimberly Kagan is the founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). She is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, and American University. She is the author of The Eye of Command (2006) and The Surge: a Military History (2009), and editor of The Imperial Moment (2010). Dr. Kagan served in Kabul for seventeen months from 2010 to 2012 working for commanders of the International Security Assistance Force, General... Read More

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