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The US will reportedly end its air campaign against ISIS in Syria

This move follows the announcement that US troops will be withdrawing and Trump's declaration that ISIS had been defeated

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In addition to pulling all ground troops out of Syria, the United States will also end its air campaign against ISIS strongholds in that country, according to a Reuters report Thursday.

Here's what we know

Citing multiple, unnamed U.S. officials, Reuters reported that the U.S. air campaign against ISIS will end along with U.S. troop withdrawal. The U.S. air campaign against Islamic State positions in Syria is based out of neighboring countries and aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea, not Syria itself.

The news came only a day after the White House announced that U.S. troops would be pulled out of Syria. Currently, around 2,000 American forces are deployed in that country to combat the Islamic State. These forces are largely engaged in training local troops who support the U.S. cause. Shortly after that announcement Wednesday, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet that he was withdrawing U.S. forces because ISIS had been defeated.

Earlier Thursday, France announced that it would be keeping its own forces in Syria. After the U.S., France is the largest member of the coalition.

"Islamic State has not been wiped from the map nor have its roots. The last pockets of this terrorist organisation must be defeated militarily once and for all," French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Twitter.

What else?

The U.S. withdrawal would likely leave Syrian Kurds caught between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who seems poised to regain control of his country after a nearly eight-year-long civil war, and incursions by Turkish forces.

The Kurds are an ethnic group living in a region called Kurdistan that spans parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Armenia.

The Turkish government has had trouble with a militant Kurdish group known as the PKK inside its own borders. The U.S. views the PKK as a terrorist organization, but has worked closely with other Kurdish groups in Iraq and Syria.

The Turkish government, however, sees no such distinction, and has been using the instability in Syria to launch attacks on Kurdish positions. In October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to "descend on them [the Kurds] with more comprehensive and effective [strength]."

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