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Fri Dec 4, 2015, 11:29 AM

Ally with Assad if you're serious about defeating IS: Patrick Cockburn -

The UK should form an alliance with the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if they are serious about confronting the Islamic State group in Syria, according to veteran foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn.

The Independent’s Middle East editor said he relayed his belief to MPs from both Labour and the Conservatives when asked to brief them before a Commons debate on Wednesday that ended with the UK joining the US-led coalition and bombing IS in Syria.

In an interview on Thursday with Middle East Eye, Cockburn said: “There has to be some relationship between those who are attacking IS and the real forces on the ground.

“You have to think about a relationship with the Syrian army backed by the Russians as a piece on the board. The largest military force in Syria is the regular Syrian army with Russian air support.”

- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/assad-must-be-backed-if-be-defeated-patrick-cockburn-1481275245#sthash.69lKcIe2.dpuf

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Fri Dec 4, 2015, 12:21 PM

1. Feed the monster with one hand

pretend to fight it with the other.

We better wake up soon or the monster we helped create will consume us.

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Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:46 PM

2. It's funny how even some of the people who

were involved in Iraq invasion are now wishing that Saddam Hussein were still alive. Well, he's gone. Saddam Hussein is gone. Muammar Gaddafi is gone. You'd better be fucking hoping and praying that Assad lives and stays in power before you cry about him five years from now.

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Response to Nyan (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:56 PM

3. Yea, I think many of us have noticed that too. ISIS is some kind of organized rage, so I agree..best

to not fuck it up and not leave any more opportunities for them.

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