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As the U.S.-led coalition accelerates its campaign to destroy Daesh's (ISIS) remaining strongholds in Syria, the Trump administration faces a big decision about the future: Does it want to keep some U.S. troops inside the country to help stabilize Syria after the jihadis are defeated, or does it want to pack up and come home?The military and civilian officials who have been closest to U.S.-Syria policy appear convinced that America should maintain a residual presence, probably something under 1,000 Special Operations Forces that could continue to train and advise – and also, restrain – the Syrian Kurdish militia that has been America's key partner against Daesh.The Syrian Kurdish militia known as the YPG, advised by elite American forces and backed by U.S. air power, has swept across this area over the past three years, and in about six weeks is expected to seize Daesh's capital, Raqqa.That depends in part on whether U.S. military advisers stay in eastern Syria.
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