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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces climb up a stairwell during a battle against Islamic State group jihadists to retake the central hospital of Raqqa on the western frontline of the city on Sept. 28, 2017. Syrian fighters backed by U.S. special forces are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces climb up a stairwell during a battle against Islamic State group jihadists to retake the central hospital of Raqqa on the western frontline of the city on Sept. 28, 2017. Syrian fighters backed by U.S. special forces are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. commanders say the rebels they are training to fight the Islamic State in Syria represent the best chance to break the region's cycle of terrorism.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (@gaylelemmon), a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who made a recent trip to Syria and spoke with American troops.

This segment aired on September 19, 2017.

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