Dec 25, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Syria airstrikes continue despite Trump withdrawal announcement

Israeli soldiers in the Golan Heights watch explosions from Syrian fighting

Israeli soldiers on the Golan Heights watch fighting beyond the border fence in Syria in July. Photo: Mati Milstein/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria are continuing, and the coalition announced that attacks Dec. 16-22 "severely degraded" the group's facilities and "removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield," per CNN.

Why it matters: It's a sign that the coalition's military strategy hasn't changed since President Trump announced last week that the U.S. would withdraw from Syria. There's also an unspoken message: the coalition doesn't consider the terrorist group to be defeated.

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