June 20, 2014

The Case for Bashar al-Assad

Chase Carter, The National Interest

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If Assad falls, Al Qaeda, ISIL and other extremist groups would flourish in Syria, just as they have in post-regime Iraq.

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TAGGED: ISIS, Islamic State Of Iraq And Al-Sham, Iraq, Middle East, Syria, Bashar Al-Assad


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