Assad Unlikely to Compromise for US Coalition

September 25, 2014 11:16 PM

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Assad Unlikely to Compromise for US Coalition

The Syrian government was quick to inform the world it was aware of US and Arab allied strikes hitting the Islamic State (IS). A statement released on Syrian state television hours after the first strikes early Sept. 23 said Syria was informed via Washington's UN envoy, which was confirmed shortly afterward by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

The regime is keen to present the image it is not being sidelined by military actions taking place on its soil, for it would constitute a violation of its self-perceived legitimacy as the sovereign ruler of Syria. Its two main sponsors, Russia and Iran, were kick to criticize the US-led strikes, urg...

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