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Fully eradicating ISIS may not be possible

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces stands with a weapon in a sandstorm.
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Photo: Delil Souleiman / AFP / Getty Images

The White House said this week that the U.S. military mission in Syria is coming to a “rapid end," and President Trump has expressed his desire for a speedy withdrawal as soon as ISIS is defeated. But David Miliband, the former U.K. foreign minister, tells Axios "it’s much more likely that you’re going to have ISIS x.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, than you’re going to see the ‘end’ of it.”

The bottom line: Miliband, who now heads the International Rescue Committee, says “the whole theory of ‘slice off the head and it’ll be fine’ doesn’t really work,” because ISIS is "a movement, not an organization." He says without establishing a political framework in Syria, "Development policy, humanitarian policy, frankly security and military policy will not work."