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The US and Russia have discussed how the airstrikes would tie in with coalition forces’ goal of halting the advance of extremist group Isis, also known as Daesh.
Canberra is seeking a reassurance that Russian forces will not inhibit Australia’s air mission in Syria, and not deliberately target coalition forces. No such guarantees have been offered.
The Australian government has been repositioning itself to accept the possibility of a temporary retention of Assad as part of a political solution – a shift from its previous insistence that he must stand aside.
The UK and US have been contemplating similar positions. The British prime minister, David Cameron, has said that Assad “butchered his own people” and could not be part of Syria’s “long-term future”.
The British prime minister, David Cameron, has said that Assad “butchered his own people” and could not be part of Syria’s “long-term future”.
I think it would be in Australia's best interests to stay out of Syria unless it is prepared to join the Russian coalition's efforts. Something that the US would not like at all. Russia and China combined are not a force to be messed with, so Australia, the perhaps a little naive partner in crime with the USA needs to back off or risk be drawn into something we never agreed to.