At an April 27 hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on policy options in Syria titled “After the Missile Strikes,” Charles Lister, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, cautioned the dais on the need to “not rush Raqqa.” On May 9, the Pentagon announced that indeed U.S. President Donald Trump intends to do just that.
Adham Sahloul is a Research Associate at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, focusing on Islamic law and human rights. He was previously working on Syria in southern Turkey as an advocacy specialist and war crimes researcher. He tweets at @AdhamSahloul; views are his own.
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