Time is up and President Trump is withdrawing the 2,000 U.S. forces from Syria.
It's no secret the president has wanted to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and that his advisers had persuaded him to wait.
But as time went on and the United States and its partners demolished the ISIS caliphate, and with a political solution remaining unattainable in the near term, the president's patience evaporated.
It's true that there are other ways to effect positive outcomes in Syria using economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure, as the Trump administration has stated it is committed to doing. But it will be much harder without the influence earned by an effective military presence.