A suicide bomber who triggered a fiery explosion that killed four U.S. citizens in Syria reignited debate over President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the war-weary country. Last month, Trump announced the U.S. troops in Syria would be withdrawn. “We have won against ISIS,” Trump said. “Now it’s time for our troops to come back home.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has generally been a Trump ally but does not support plans to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. Hours after Wednesday’s attack – for which the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility – Graham again called on the president to rethink his plans. “I hope the president would look long and hard about where he’s headed in Syria,” Graham said. “I don’t know how we can be safe unless we give (U.S. allies in Syria) the space to be safe.” Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence repeated Trump’s claims that the Islamic State has been thwarted in Syria, saying the “caliphate has crumbled” and the militant network “has been defeated.” James Piazza, a professor at Penn State, has conducted research tracking how the Islamic State has increasingly resorted to terrorist attacks as it loses control over population centers, land and resources. The bombing shows that… Read full this story
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