Middle East

Analysis: In Syria, No Good Options for West

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurdish refugee Mohammad Hassan, 84, from Kobani, seen in the background, weeps on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, near the Turkey-Syria border. With the Syrian civil war in its fourth ruinous year, there is no end in sight, hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions have been displaced.  The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, after more than a month, is limited to airstrikes and has not dislodged the radical group from a single major town it controls in Syria or Iraq.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurdish refugee Mohammad Hassan, 84, from Kobani, seen in the background, weeps on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey, near the Turkey-Syria border. With the Syrian civil war in its fourth ruinous year, there is no end in sight, hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions have been displaced. The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, after more than a month, is limited to airstrikes and has not dislodged the radical group from a single major town it controls in Syria or Iraq.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

UNDATED— With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When...




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