US Bombing ISIS in Syria but doesnt “plan to make it easy for Assad to reclaim territory”?
By Peter Weber
Whether or not the Assad government knew about the strikes beforehand, it stands to benefit, note Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt at The New York Times. Since the anti-ISIS, anti-Assad rebels the U.S. favors aren’t in any position to capitalize on the airstrikes, Assad’s forces are “in perhaps the best position to take advantage of any American bombardment,” reclaiming ground lost to ISIS. “We don’t plan to make it easy for Assad to reclaim territory,” a White House official told The Times, without explaining what methods the U.S. might employ to deter the Syrian army