In ISIS fight, much in Syria rests on allies on ground

September 24, 2014 12:01 PM

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In ISIS fight, much in Syria rests on allies on ground

WASHINGTON — The US-led attacks that began late Monday against terrorist forces in Syria are equivalent to what a senior Pentagon war planner called buying time for ill-prepared allies on the ground to finish the job.

The strikes are designed to weaken the Islamic State’s hold on its Syrian sanctuary so that regional allies such as the Iraqi army and Syrian rebels can take back the large areas of both countries that are now under the sway of the radical Islamic group.

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