June 19, 2014

What the Iraq Crisis Means for Assad

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

ISIS has, for a while now, had a somewhat ambiguous relationship with Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime. Though the Sunni group is ostensibly committed to his downfall, it has also served his interests by dividing the rebel movement, fighting against more moderate groups, and scaring off foreign supporters of the opposition, so he has to a large extent refrained from attacking it, allowing it to consolidate control in Eastern Syria.

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TAGGED: Bashar Al-Assad, Syria, Iraq, ISIS


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