Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) advance towards ISIS positions in the city of Al-Qaim, Iraq near the Syrian border November 3, 2017. Reuters | Stringer

Washington’s Syrian Chess Game Leaves Iraqi Forces Battling ISIS Dead

Iraqi forces targeting ISIS in southern Syria were recently targeted by a U.S. airstrike, leaving some pondering the possibility the U.S. is protecting the group to secure an American military presence in the region.