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Given that most of the Middle East is now in a state of turmoil, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should be commended for keeping the Syrian conflict in mind during his recent trip to the region.Just six months ago, there were two clear trends in the conflict: Syrian President Bashar Assad, with the support of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, was well on his way to victory; and Daesh (ISIS) was about to be defeated by a U.S.-led coalition.The U.S. was right to focus on defeating Daesh; but now it faces a much broader mission: to ensure the survival of its various allies on the ground.When historians look back at the Syria conflict, they will praise both former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump for relentlessly pursuing Daesh. But they will fault the U.S. for not comprehending the larger war.When the U.S. took a side against Assad seven years ago, it was asserting its national interest in Syria while ignoring the interests of other key players such as Turkey, Russia, Iran and Israel. And now, with the U.S. vacillating, there is a very real danger of a full-fledged U.S.-Russian proxy war.With the stakes in Syria rising fast, one can only wonder where America stands.
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