December 13, 2012

Assad Needs to Be Pushed Out

Indian Express, Indian Express

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The United States’s formal recognition of a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as the legitimate representative of the country’s people marks a watershed moment in the bloody civil war. On the eve of an international conference in Marrakech, President Barack Obama said the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was now inclusive, reflective and representative enough for the US to take this “big step”. The move is likely to bolster the morale of the rebels, but it also seeks to isolate extremist factions, such as Jabhat al-Nusra, a militant group Washington has designated a terrorist organisation. However, it does not come with a commitment to offer military support to the rebels, keeping the US decidedly on the sidelines of the...

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