Kurdish fighters led the assault on ISIS strongholds across Syria alongside U.S. special operations troops, brutally attacking entrenched ISIS fighters at a devastating cost.

President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of a so-called "safe zone" in northeastern Syria leaves these forces and their compatriots at the mercy of Turkish forces and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made no secret of his desire to launch an invasion there. Military leaders say Trump's abandonment of an ally in the fight against ISIS is a grave mistake.

"This policy abandonment threatens to undo five years' worth of fighting against ISIS and will severely damage American credibility and reliability in any future fights where we need strong allies," retired Gen. Joseph Votel, the former head of U.S. Central Command who oversaw the campaign against ISIS, wrote in The Atlantic on Tuesday.

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