Are Islamic State airstrikes in Syria by United States and allies benefiting Assad? That question looms as U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Syria. It is a complex question. And, it is a question which comes with many answers and opinions.
Almost a year ago, President Obama’s administration decided against cruise missile strikes on Syria and President Bashar al-Assad. The United States instead negotiated with Assad. They negotiated for the removal of the country’s chemical weapons. Now, unfortunately, our attempt to rid the world of ISIS may actually be strengthening the man we once almost took out.
How U.S. Islamic State airstrikes Could Benefit Assad
The very same ISIS terrorists we are targeting with airstrikes are also the enemies of the Assad regime. In fact, Assad’s military forces have suffered many defeats to the Islamic State. Many military officials and military analysts feel U.S. airstrikes in Syria are giving the Assad regime a short-term benefit.
But will this short-term benefit turn into a long-term victory? Allied airstrikes allow Assad to turn his attention away from ISIS for now. Syrian forces can instead concentrate on their other enemy – Syrian rebel forces.
How Islamic State Airstrikes May Contribute to Assad’s ouster
While the Assad regime may benefit in the short-term, the Obama administration strategy is still to force President Assad to relinquish power. They hope to aid this process by arming and training Syrian rebel forces.
Those Syrian rebels are also engaged with ISIS. Therefore, Islamic State airstrikes are also to their benefit. Now, the U.S. must quickly implement the second part of our strategy to defeat the Islamic State. If we can train and arm Syrian rebels quickly, they may be able to hit the Assad regime before it can fully recover from previous rebel and ISIS attacks.
What are your thoughts on whether or not Islamic State airstrikes are benefiting Assad?