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U.S.-led airstrikes kill 62 civilians in Dayr al-Zawr
Syrian War Daily – 21st of October 2018
Daesh hit an SDF technical with an ATGM
I'd say it is a current policy failure already, and has been like that for years.
I hope so.
False equivalence. Just because obama declared that Assad must go alone without the support of the American people and hillary who would of ramped up the effort was soundly rejected does not equal failure. If anything everything what they did was a moral failure from the get go.
Well, at the moment it's not. The US weakened Assad by supporting the rebels before and now the SDF.
US made sure Syria is never going to get close with the west for a long long time by not being able to overthrow him. Which is hugely success of Russia.
They have no need now that they have NE Syria and integrated SDF with US and French troops. US got exactly what they wanted.
US got exactly what they wanted.
No, what they wanted was Assad gone with rebels being hospitable to each other. Looks like they didn’t do their homework, even with all that money and arms they’ve poured in and even with the power vacuum ISIS created they’ve not been successful on that, which shows how out of touch those plans are.
Unless you actually believe that they wouldn’t prefer Assad dead and that wasn’t one of the biggest goals in their involvement, then you can pretend that they got exactly what they wanted.
This is a mistake many assume, there was always a second option. Regional partners wanted Assad gone but weren't willing to lift a finger and dedicate their own military to oust him. The US then chose the second option after seeing this. Jordan, KSA, Turkey, etc... all funded jihadist groups. The US tried funding the secular component of FSA until they were attacked and eventually forced absorbed into other jihadist groups. The SDF project was a long time coming and after seeing how regional partners behaved it was expedited.
US now has a foothold and influence in Syria where it has not prior to this conflict.
The US has accomplished this with minimal troops and financing compared to a full scale invasion.
The US has a capable partner on the ground in the SDF and as such a hedge against Turkish authoritarianism and Iranian influence.
Dez oilfields are under SDF control and will be used to fund the SDF project, politically and militarily.
Syrian state is weakened politically, financially, militarily and geographically and will be for decades to come.
The initial issues that made the regime vulnerable to civil war still exists and may be exploited in the near future.