The U.S. Shouldn't Play Endless Whack-a-Mole in Syria

By Bonnie Kristian

The Islamic State is continuing "its transition from a territory-holding force to an insurgency in Syria and solidif[ying] insurgent capabilities in Iraq," an August Defense Department report said. It is carrying out "assassinations, suicide attacks, abductions, and arson of crops" in both countries and establishing "resurgent cells" in Syria. As Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters last month, ISIS has lost its strongholds in Mosul, Raqqa, and beyond, but "there is still a fairly vibrant insurgency that has reverted to guerilla tactics, and so there is still a threat."

The crucial question for decision-makers in Washington is where that threat is aimed—and the answer is not the United States.

This piece was originally published by Reason on August 9, 2019. Read more HERE.