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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