President Trump has declared victory over the so-called Islamic State and has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, but his sharp reversal of foreign policy appears to have taken the Pentagon by surprise, triggered criticism from political friends and foes and left America's Kurdish allies all alone.
US planes and militias on the ground fought for months to drive the self-styled Islamic State out of Raqqa. But the liberated city now lies in ruins. While the US has been providing aid for its stabilization, much more is needed to rebuild the city.
Camp Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, was built for 2500 refugees. It now holds 8000, and aid organizations often criticize conditions there. Now refugees there claim that a violent gang affiliated with the so-called Islamic State has taken over.
Nearly three years after the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, also known as Shingal, was liberated from "Islamic State," few of those who had escaped the atrocities committed by the militants against Yazidis have returned. Those who have, feel abandoned.