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From the beginning of the Syrian crisis Washington and key GCC players have approached the problem with fundamentally differing priorities inspired by one key player: Iran.If nothing else the presence of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria and the Assad regime's role in sustaining it ought to get the United States and the GCC's leading players on the same page in Syria.Deference to Iran – which needs Assad's support for Tehran's Lebanese militia (Hezbollah), and which has militarily bolstered the regime through overtly sectarian means – helps account for the fact that the United States has protected not a single Syrian civilian from the regime's campaign of human eradication: A campaign that has produced a humanitarian abomination, enormous burdens for Syria's neighbors, political turmoil in Western Europe, and a recruiting bonanza for Daesh.Beating Daesh in Syria will require a professional ground force to close with and kill it.
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