The Battle for Idlib, Syria: Military Implications

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Jeffrey White - The Syrian regime suffered an important defeat over the past few days, losing the long-held capital of Idlib province to a coalition of rebel forces dominated by Islamist fighters. Jabhat al-Nusra was a significant participant but not the only one. This was a fight by Syrian regime personnel - not Hizbullah, not Iranians - and they were not up to the task. This raises doubts about their ability to hold other places that are not bolstered by allied forces. The writer is a defense fellow at The Washington Institute and a former senior defense intelligence officer.

2015-04-01 00:00:00

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