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The eyes of the world are on Syria and Iraq.This includes Syrian President Bashar Assad, ISIS, most Islamist factions, and until recently Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Syria is more complicated, but Iraq will fail again if the Syrian dimension of the strategy is not properly addressed.For the moment, the American approach to Syria has failed to address Assad's responsibility for Syria's descent into the inferno.In recent days, the Turkish government has expressed its willingness to consider creating safe havens, or violence-free zones, in Syria. Looking at the map of northern Syria, an exclusion zone can be created roughly at the 36th parallel. The zone could extend along the Turkish-Syrian border to include the whole of Aleppo, Raqqa, Kurdish areas of Syria in the east, and a good part of the Alawite zone on the Mediterranean. With respect to Syria's Kurdish areas, there must be an active contribution to such a project from the president of the Kurdish Autonomous Region in Iraq, Massoud Barzani, and Iraq's enlightened new president, Fouad Maasoum, also a Kurd.
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