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Video: Obama, Clinton Not ISIS ‘Founders’

In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper refutes Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “founded ISIS.”

Trump points to the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011, under Obama, as “the founding of ISIS.” But experts say the creation of the Islamic State terrorist group dates to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the expansion of ISIS can’t be pinned on the troop withdrawal alone — if at all. And there’s the fact that President George W. Bush had signed the agreement and set the date for that withdrawal.

For more on the origins of ISIS, read “Trump’s False Obama-ISIS Link.” Visit our website to see all of the videos from FactCheck.org’s collaboration with CNN’s “State of the Union.”