REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - Free Syrian Army fighters are silhouetted as they stand on one of the front lines of Wadi Al-Daif camp in the southern Idlib countryside September 18, 2014.
In September 2014, President Obama pledged to build a moderate Syrian opposition, capable of taking on the Assad regime and Sunni extremist groups like ISIS. Weeks later, the Congress passed bills appropriating $500 million for that mission. While the Obama Administration’s plans are still not entirely clear, it does appear that Washington has finally adopted a strategy to build up a Syrian opposition army. In this analysis paper, Kenneth Pollack explains how such a policy should be implemented and why it makes sense for the United States. Read More ›