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Allies warn Trump that ISIS is on the rise again. But it’s precisely because of America that Islamic State will never be defeated

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14.01.2020

In a stark warning, Jordan’s King Abdullah told French reporters that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is regrouping and is on the rise in the Middle East. The reason for this resurgence is simple: the manifestation of the political division that exists in Syria and Iraq brought on by the US-led effort to push back on Iranian influence in the region. This division has led to the collapse of the US military position in northeastern Syria brought on by last year’s military incursion by Turkey, and the recent cessation of US-led anti-IS operations in Iraq in the aftermath of the fallout from the US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander who orchestrated Iran’s anti-IS efforts in Iraq and Syria.

This is a far cry from February 2019, when President Trump announced that the US had defeated “100 percent” of the physical territory once held by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

While that announcement proved to be premature (IS pockets held out for months longer), the gist of Trump’s braggadocio was true — the physical “Caliphate” that had once existed under IS was gone. What remained — so-called “sleeper cells” of insurgents embedded within the disaffected Sunni populations of Syria and Iraq—were slowly being rooted out by the combination of a US-led anti-IS coalition, and a combined Russian-Syrian-Iranian force operating separate from the US effort.

Now, King Abdullah rightly fears the collapse of US influence in both Syria and Iraq. “My major concern,” the King........

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