Why we can’t tackle IS without tackling Assad

We need a Syrian rebel force to defeat the terror group—but they're too occupied with their primary enemy

By Iyad el-Baghdadi  

Will British bombs do anything? © Carsten Rehder/dpa

On Thursday, four RAF Tornadoes took off from Cyprus to target oil facilities in IS-held eastern Syria. This came mere hours after UK lawmakers voted in favor of bombing IS targets, after a 10-hour debate. With this, the number of countries bombing IS targets rises to 15—not counting those offering support, training and logistics.

The British decision to intervene may be politically significant, but militarily it’s expected to have no more than a marginal…

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