As the Islamic State Falls in Syria

(Washington Post) David Ignatius - The black balloon of the Islamic State caliphate is deflating quickly in Syria, as in Iraq. The surprise for U.S. officials is that the battle in eastern Syria is going faster and better than expected. The Russians quietly agreed last weekend on a 80-mile "deconfliction" line between pro-Syrian and U.S. coalition forces. It's a promising sign that broader U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria may be possible. But U.S. officials frankly admit they don't have the resources or a clear strategy to repair Syria as a whole.

2017-07-03 00:00:00

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