What should the United States and its partners do now that they've forced ISIS from it's de facto capital?
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Kurdish national aspirations in Iraq are collapsing, Trump decertifies the JCPOA but won’t say what he wants to change, and the Islamic State loses its de-facto capital.
Qatar Braces for a Long Fight, Islamic State Loses Ground in Raqqa, and Terrorists Attack on Iranian Soil
Qatar looks for ways to circumvent the Saudi blockade, the Syrian Democratic Forces approach Raqqa’s Old City, and the Islamic State hits two targets in Tehran.
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.
Middle East Ticker: Syrian Rebels Announce Raqqa Operation, Turkey’s Anti-Democratic Purge, and Egypt’s Economic Turbulence
Turkey and the Kurds prepare to race for Raqqa, Turkey’s post-coup purge turns against elected officials, and Egypt’s currency devaluation may not be enough to save the economy.