Syrian Army Sets Its Sights on ISIS’ Capital City

Bashar al-Assad’s forces are gradually retaking control of their nation

800px-Syrian_guardThe Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, is gradually taking ground closer and closer to Raqqa, the city that ISIS has declared is the capital of its supposed Caliphate. This attack could bring about a conflict with other powers who have proposed to send troops to liberate Raqqa, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Those two nations have, like the United States, supported the overthrow of the Syrian Regime of Bashar al-Assad, and Saudi Arabia has recently made statements that it would be willing to send troops, in conjunction with Turkey, to attack ISIS in Raqqa. The Syrians, however, are supported by Russia and Iran, and the use of their combined power to knock ISIS out of Raqqa would be a devastating blow for ISIS. Most analysts have concluded that Russia has made little effort to attack ISIS in Syria, but are there primarily to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Assad, however, is currently making statements that he intends to retake control of his entire nation, despite the fact that it might take a long time to do so. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, contends that, as conditions now stand, the best way to get rid of ISIS might be to let the Russians do it. In least in the Syrian theater, it appears that such might be the case, whether other countries like it or not. (Independent Story)

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