June 26, 2014

Assad's Path Back to Respectability

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

The major development in Iraq today is the Syrian military launching airstrikes within Iraq. The strikes were apparently not coordinated with the Iraqi government but Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki welcomed them anyway.

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


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