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By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Council on Foreign Relations

An overnight decision months in the making is now official U.S. policy: America will directly arm the Syrian Kurds. NATO ally Turkey may see Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists, but the Pentagon sees them as the most effective local force in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS. Now they will have the weapons they need to push that fight into Raqqa.

Once again, President Donald Trump has taken up a question for further military intervention under consideration by the Obama administration and responded “yes.” But this latest approval for greater use of American force is just the start of the answers to the Syrian question that are needed now. The “…and then what?” question we keep hearing from senior military leaders overseeing troops in the Middle East is urgent and pressing. Troops on the ground and Americans back home would benefit from hearing the administration’s answers.

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