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Syria: Paying the price for Iraq

The Arab world may have tired of the US acting as a global police force–but what's the alternative?

By Jane Kinninmont  

Kurdish refugees in the Syrian city of Qamishli, near the Turkish border

The people of Syria are not only facing a brutal civil war; they are paying the price for a variety of international power struggles now playing out in their territory. The worsening conflict, and the resulting refugee crisis, have exposed a lack of international diplomatic leadership in a region where many resent the US’s traditional role as policeman, but have not yet devised effective local alternatives.

A decade after the invasion of Iraq,…

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