The memo calls on the U.S. to create a stronger partnership with moderate rebel forces to battle both Assad’s forces and ISIS, which would change the tide of the conflict against the regime and “increase the chances for peace by sending a clear signal to the regime and its backers that there will be no military solution to the conflict.”It also warns that as the regime “continues to bomb and starve” Syria’s Sunni population, the U.S. will lose potential allies among Syria’s Sunni population to fight ISIS. Moreover, it says, U.S. failure to stop the regime’s abuses “undermines both morally and materially the unity of the anti-Daesh coalition” and “will only bolster the ideological appeal of groups such as Daesh, even as they endure tactical setbacks on the battlefield.”
Government troops recaptured the municipal building, though the militants still controlled a significant portion of Fallujah, an hour’s drive west of Baghdad, and many streets and houses remain mined with explosives.
- IRAQI RESISTANCE AND IRAQI ARMY FORCES, NOT AMERICA, LIBERATED FALLUJAH
- ISIS elements begin mass escape from central Fallujah, says Federal Police
- Joint security forces enter central Fallujah, destroy 15 bobby-trapped vehicles
- Security forces kill 40 ISIS members in northern Ramadi
- 27 ISIS fighters captured, including foreigners in Fallujah