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Continue on for the introduction and a link to this important ISW report by Lieutenant General James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.) and Nic Vincent.

"The U.S. is abdicating its role as a diplomatic powerbroker to Russia in Syria."

“Turkey is cooperating with al Qaeda to threaten the Kurdish YPG. Erdogan’s intervention in Idlib is setting conditions for a de facto safe haven for jihadists in Syria.”

“Battlefield realities rather than great power politics will determine the ultimate terms of a settlement to end the Syrian Civil War.”

Results from an intensive planning exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the US could pursue to defeat the IS in Iraq and al Sham and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

“The U.S. cannot rely heavily on international partners to achieve its objectives.”