REPORT: Trump’s Entire Anti-ISIS Strategy May Depend On This One Very Important Vote
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REPORT: Trump’s Entire Anti-ISIS Strategy May Depend On This One Very Important Vote

The Trump administration may be waiting to see the results of an April Turkish referendum before making major decisions on its anti-ISIS strategy, The New York Times reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the midst of a heated campaign to pass a referendum to reform the Turkish government and drastically increase the power of Erdogan’s office. Erdogan and the Turkish government regard elements of major U.S.-backed forces in Syria as much of an existential threat as Islamic State, and want to play a larger role in the retaking of ISIS’s capital.

Dunford’s comments indicate the type of force that retakes Raqqa is as important as the retaking of the city itself.

If the Turkish referendum passes, the U.S. may need to make greater concessions to Erdogan. These concessions may include a Turkish role in the retaking of Raqqa, which critics say may not serve long-term U.S. interests in Syria. Turkey could use the assault on Raqqa to quash Kurdish support regions and amplify Turkish interests at the expense of the long-term stability of Syria.

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