Kerry: Assad and ISIS Have "Symbiotic" Relationship

(Foreign Policy) Gopal Ratnam and John Hudson - "The Assad regime and ISIL [ISIS] are dependent on one another," Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. "They are symbiotic." Assad "purports to be the last line of defense against ISIL. Both are stronger as a result....Assad has relentlessly bombed areas held by the moderate opposition while doing little to hinder ISIL." The U.S. has realized that without degrading ISIL's stronghold inside Syria, the group can't be defeated inside Iraq. Moreover, moderate rebel groups fighting the Islamic State that could potentially be an alternative to Assad are facing mounting attacks by both the Syrian regime and ISIL militants.

2015-02-10 00:00:00

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