REPORT: Trump May Have To Rethink Plans For ISIS After Turkey Makes MAJOR Change Of Plans
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REPORT: Trump May Have To Rethink Plans For ISIS After Turkey Makes MAJOR Change Of Plans

The Turkish government may turn its forces loose on the main rebel group central to U.S. efforts against the Islamic State, the Institute for the Study of War warns.

Turkish security forces are currently engaged in operations against the ISIS-held town of al-bab in northern Syria but have reportedly signaled their intent to wage war on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after the operation is complete. The SDF are a proxy force of the U.S. most relied upon to retake the ISIS capital of Raqqa, and several hundred U.S. special operators are embedded with them.

 The majority of the SDF are comprised of Kurdish forces, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as an existential threat to the country on par with ISIS. Turkey has made it a point to strike SDF forces in the past, striking several positions just days before former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited the country in October 2016.

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