US Troops Are Back in Combat Against ISIS in Syria

Fighting against ISIS continues in Hasakeh

US troops are back in combat in Syria, joining forces with the Kurdish SDF in serious fighting in and around Hasakeh, where ISIS prison raids have turned into two weeks of fighting with hundreds dead.

This has amounted to the biggest fight with ISIS since the 2019 fall of the Caliphate. The news of the battle is that ISIS in Syria is getting stronger, but also that US troops that remain in Syria are going to get dragged right back into this fight.

The Hasakeh fight started over a prison full of ISIS detainees, and while that is mostly over, SDF fighters are on the hunt around the city looking for ISIS hideouts.

700 US troops are in the area, and if ISIS fighting continues they could find themselves very busy. While the US had been transitioning troops out of the area, officials might decide to again reengage.

Author: Jason Ditz

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