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The memo acknowledged that military action would have risks, not the least further tensions with Russia, which has intervened in the war on Mr. Assad’s behalf and helped negotiate a cease-fire. Those tensions increased on Thursday when, according to a senior Pentagon official, Russia conducted airstrikes in southern Syria against American-backed forces fighting the Islamic State.
"Failure to stem Assad's flagrant abuses will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as (IS), even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield," the Journal quoted it as saying.
originally posted by: markosity1973
a reply to: Raven95
Syria was actually a reasonably safe place to live until everyone else got involved.
Let Syria sort Syria's problems and only offer assistance in ridding them of the curse of ISIS, which everyone else helped create.
The poll found that 35 percent of Syrians saw the Assad government as best representing them (20% chose the current government and 15% chose Bashar al-Assad). By comparison, the level of the support for the opposition forces was substantially weaker: • Al-Nusra, 9% • FSA, 9% • “Genuine” rebels, 6% • ISIS, 4% • National Coalition/transitional government, 3% The sum of support for the opposition forces, 31 percent, was less than the total support for Assad and his government.
Even though Assad was the instigator of all these problems 5 years ago