16 Apr '18, 12am

"After the #Syria Strike, a Strategy"

The crisis in Syria—the chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, followed by the limited U.S.-U.K.-France military response—creates an opportunity to develop the broader Syria strategy the West now lacks. The first element of such a strategy is to help local allies in Syria hold their ground. It would be folly to cede even more influence to Mr. Assad’s murderous regime, Iran, Hezbollah or a prospective ISIS 2.0. This objective may require small deployments of U.S. forces to certain sectors of the country—not for “presence,” but for specific purposes like being able to call in airstrikes if partners are threatened, or protecting aid workers who are helping reconstruct these areas so refugees can start to return. The second element of a new strategy is to take advantage of the threat of further U.S. military operations. After striking chemical targets i...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/after-syria-strike-strategy

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