Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria

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The US set out to train and equip some 5000 so-called "moderate" rebels in Syria, but fewer than 60 have qualified. The US demands they pledge to fight only against ISIS, not against the regime of Bashar al-Assad — even though it’s what made them rebels in the first place. Critics say the Obama Administration is failing. Some advocate renewed focus on getting rid of Assad. Others say there are no better options — and that Assad might be the best of the unacceptable alternatives.

Credits

Guests:
Adam Entous - Washington Post - @adamentous, Jeffrey White - Washington Institute for New East Policy - @JeffWhite25, Barry Posen - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - @MIT_SSP, Amr Al-Azm - Shawnee State University - @alazmamr

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb, Charlotte Duren, Christine Detz