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ISIS and the Kurd's "Go Slow"

ISIS has more or less lost its last remaining pocket of territory in Syria. There are a few patches of desert in regime-held areas where they still operate, and they maintain an extensive traditional cell-based terrorist network, but this is basically the end of them as a ruling body.

There's no reason whatsoever why this shouldn't have happened a year ago. It's not like ISIS was some mighty fighting force back then. The reason why it took so long is that Trump announced that, once the Kurds beat ISIS, he would abandon them to be slaughtered by the Turks. This caused the Kurds to slow-walk the campaign, and to leave a small ISIS holdout under constant siege and bombardment.

The article quotes a young woman who had run away from home to join ISIS, and who is pregnant with her third child. The first two children both died of illness and malnutrition during the long, unnecessary siege.

War crimes take many forms. We may not have shot those children, but our poor decision making still cost them their lives.

We'll have to see how many other children die if we choose poorly in the months to come.

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