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US pullout from Syria threatens to leave dangerous vacuum

Trump's decision raises concern that ISIS will stage comeback, Kurds will be left vulnerable

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria delivered on a campaign promise and long-held belief that America should pull out of its wars abroad.

But it has raised serious worries that, notwithstanding its loss of territory, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could stage a comeback in the region.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2018, with the headline 'US pullout from Syria threatens to leave dangerous vacuum'. Print Edition | Subscribe