For Assad, U.S. offensive will weaken one foe but bolster others

September 12, 2014 9:16 PM

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For Assad, U.S. offensive will weaken one foe but bolster others

BEIRUT: By striking ISIS militants in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar Assad’s major enemies. But the new U.S. strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him.

The U.S. strategy for tackling ISIS in Syria is unlikely to yield quick results. Unlike in Iraq, where U.S. airstrikes quickly rolled back some jihadist advances, Washington has no strong partner on the ground.

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