Reuters/Bendan Smialowski - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah September 11, 2014.

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Succeeding Against ISIS Requires a U.S. Strategy for Syria

September 14, 2014, Salman Shaikh

The success of the "broad coalition" to fight ISIS that President Barack Obama announced last week rests on what happens in Syria. There is now a need to get moving on a serious political effort in Syria. Just what that is — especially in the face of continued Russian and Iranian backing for Bashar al-Asad's regime — remains to be seen. This is in part a job for the United States, but also the United Nations. Much here depends on U.S. resolve to focus on Asad, as well as the Russians and Iranians.

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