Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

October 10, 2015 3:13 PM

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Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

The Syrian Civil War is entering a third and potentially very dangerous phase in its continuing evolution. It began as a purely domestic crisis, became steadily internationalized as other countries intervened, and it now risks becoming a full blown Russian-American cold war proxy conflict. This is a conflict that could turn hot very quickly given the proximity of American and Russian military forces in the same theater of operations.

The civil war started as an Arab Spring sparked revolt by elements in the Syrian military, under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, against the Assad government. There has been a widespread and sustained opposition to the Assad regime in Syria by Sunni citizens and especially the Muslim Brotherhood...

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