Secretary of State John Kerry said last year that Syria's Assad regime helped create ISIS — to distract the US by aiding alternative enemies in the region. Defectors from his regime now claim Assad has even attacked his own facilities — using agents he sent to infiltrate both Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Donald Trump insists that, “Syria is fighting ISIS,” hinting at closer US relations with Syria -- and with Russia, Assad's ally in bombing so-called “moderate” rebels. We look at the possible consequences of changing American policies in the Middle East, where nothing ever is what it seems to be.
The plot thickens in Syria
Roy Gutman - Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran foreign correspondent - @roygutman, Joshua Landis - University of Oklahoma - @joshua_landis, Suhayla Sibaai - Georgetown University - @SuhaylaAdelah, Aaron David Miller - Carnegie Endowment; former Middle East peace negotiator - @aarondmiller2