March 9, 2014

Has Obama Changed His Mind About Syria?

Walter R. Mead, The American Interest

The Associated Press

Are there at long last signs that the Obama administration is going to do something positive in Syria? An important article in the usually well sourced and carefully edited FT reports that under “heavy US influence” a new southern front is opening in the Syria war. The anti-Assad rebels are gearing up to fight towards Damascus, and fighters, aid, and weapons are flowing into rebel centers in the South.

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