Surprise U.S. Announcement of Troop Pull-out
This morning President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that the U.S. has “defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” His tweet came after reports that the White House unexpectedly pulled out all U.S. troops from Syria. This transition, expected to go into effect as quickly as possible, comes after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s, threat to plan military attacks against U.S.-backed Kurdish troops in Syria. Joining us to discuss is Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, and publisher of the Informed Comment blog. His latest book is Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires.