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Taking the fight to ISIS

Thousands of Syrian refugees fled to Turkey only to find more violence

Thousands of Syrian refugees fled to Turkey only to find more violence

Developments in the war zone in and around Syria suggest there may be a major shift coming in the American strategy to defeat ISIS.

Hundreds of American Marines have been deployed to Northern Syria to support a coming offensive against the ISIS-stronghold of Raqqa. And new numbers from the U.S. Air Force show that coalition airstrikes have released more than 7,000 munitions against suspected ISIS targets in January and February — up 45 percent from the same period last year.

The Trump administration has been keeping its plan to dislodge ISIS from Syria close to its chest, but in southern Turkey, the impact of those decisions could be profound. Turkey alone is home to around three million Syrian refugees. Many of those families fled the fighting years ago and are still waiting to return.

 

This segment originally aired March. 21, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO. 

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