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A reporter asked an American military spokesman about the anti-terror implications of permitting Iranian-led, Shiite foreign fighters and armed elements of the Assad regime into Sunni eastern Syria to take over from Daesh (ISIS) in places like Deir al-Zor. Might Daesh eventually resurrect itself in areas taken over by bad actors like Iran and Assad? One could easily gather from this exchange that the United States is indifferent to the post-Daesh status of eastern Syria. A Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda and Daesh – the wayward son of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, an organization supported by the Assad regime for years –have been the transnational terror consequences of the regime's state terror.It is, therefore, fair, pertinent and important that someone ask about the implications of permitting an American-led effort against Daesh – one approaching its third year – to end with eastern Syria largely in the hands of sectarian extremists and mass murderers. No doubt defeating Daesh in Syria is important. Reliance on Kurds has limited the ground reach of the fight against Daesh in Syria.It can endorse the policy lead of a unified combatant command by explicitly authorizing CENTCOM to welcome Iran and the regime to eastern Syria to replace Daesh as the region's criminals-in-residence.
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