By mid-November, the United States and allied forces kicked out the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) from Raqqa and the Assad regime retook
the ISIS stronghold of Abu Kamal, signaling the decline
and shift away from ISIS and back to the ongoing civil war. However, the involvement of the United States in Syria, whose “fight [has been] with ISIS
” since 2014, is still limited in the form of military operations focused on defeating ISIS and defending
liberated areas. While the United States helped create a de-escalation zone
with Jordan and Russia in southwest Syria, and pledged
to restore water and power in Raqqa, it has largely procrastinated in creating a clear post-ISIS policy that goes beyond basic stabilization to address Syria’s evolving conflict.