An airman hugs a loved one at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph, Mo., Nov. 19, 2020, upon returning from a deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility supporting operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.

Operation Inherent Resolve came under new scrutiny this week when reports emerged that former Ambassador and envoy to Syria has been playing “shell game” with top White House officials about the number the actual number of troops in Syria. The astonishing admission sent a shockwave through the Pentagon and the State Department.

Read our full report on the “shell game” and the resulting shadow war in Syria.