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US Alliance With Syrian Kurds Can be Costly

The US media has made a very big point that the Kurds are the only viable force on the ground  in Syria capable of fighting ISIS.   This is a convenient half truth.    In fact, the strongest force on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Arab Army, which is often portrayed as a kind of personal militia of the President.   This is far from the truth.   The Syrian army is a national army drawn from the population and tasked with protecting the people, and they have fought the longest war to save their nation.    The US determination to delegitimize Syrian President Bashar Assad has led to some very distorted analysis of events on the ground as well as poorly framed battle plans and unstable alliances.

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