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The Syrian Peace Summit an Inevitable Failure?

On Jan. 12, the New York Times released an editorial ahead of a much-anticipated Syrian peace summit on the 22nd, in which the Times voiced its approval of a tentative proposal by the State Department to resume “nonlethal military aid” to the Syrian opposition.  Suspended last month when a repository of munitions intended for the moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) was instead seized by the radical Islamic Front, this aid, the Times explains, would simultaneously reinforce the FSA in its ongoing war with Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Armed Forces, and reassure Saudi Arabia (which backs the opposition) of the U.S.’s continued support amidst the Obama administration’s aggressive courting of Iran, a bitter rival of the Saudis. Read the rest of this entry

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