Winners and losers in Trump's planned troop withdrawal from Syria

President Trump’s decision this week to withdraw all American troops from Syria within 30 days risks leaving United States’ allies in the long-running war weakened while strengthening rivals backed by Iran and Russia. American troops entered Syria in 2015 as part of a coalition fighting the Islamic State, which had seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

In the three years since, the extremist group’s self-declared caliphate has crumbled. But the ongoing lack of stability in both Syria and Iraq could.

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