More on the Syria fallout. U.S. officials on Thursday said President Donald Trump’s order for a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria will also include an end to the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State. Details remain vague at this point; U.S. Central Command said merely that the air campaign would continue so long as U.S. troops are on the ground. But defense leaders from nearly every partner in the U.S.-led coalition combating the Islamic State – including Israel, France, the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany (most of which vowed to remain in Syria), as well as U.S. lawmakers and senior defense officials – voiced concern about the speed of the move. The main critique: The job isn’t quite done yet. Kurdish officials, meanwhile, warned that the loss of U.S. air cover would force them to effectively abandon the fight against the Islamic State, so they could shift resources north to counter the impending Turkish offensive, potentially allowing IS forces to reconstitu
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