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A Game Changer for Syria?

Although it is often said that there are no military solutions in Syria, that does not mean that military action has no role to play. On the contrary, there probably can be no lasting settlement without action that resets the military balance and undermines the Assad regime's conventional and unconventional capacities.

LONDON – Last week, US President Donald Trump authorized a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from which a chemical attack was launched by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. That strike marked a significant departure from former President Barack Obama’s widely discredited policy toward Syria – one that could change the Syrian conflict’s rules of engagement, if not its course.