Globe Trot: Switching sides in Syria?
International | The U.S. may support Russian-backed Syrian forces in the battle against ISIS
by Mindy Belz
Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017, at 5:16 pm
SYRIA: Manbij is the place to watch as U.S. forces continue to hold a fragile position between Turkish and Kurdish forces, amid ongoing questions about whether the United States is switching sides to support Russian-backed Syrian forces in the fight against Islamic State. This strategy looks similar to what the United States is doing to assist the Iraqi army in Mosul, but the scene is completely different, given U.S. opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In other words, if we were going to side with Syria in the end, we could’ve done it four years ago and perhaps saved about half a million Syrian lives and a worldwide refugee crisis.
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Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.