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No Stability With Assad

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The opportunity to establish a no-fly zone has passed. Any Western intervention should now focus on a no-bomb zone to protect civilians and on weakening Bashar al-Assad.

A damaged picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen near Zeyzoun thermal station in al-Ghab plain in the Hama countryside July 29, 2015. Fighters from a coalition of rebel groups called "Jaish al Fateh", also known as "Army of Fatah" (Conquest Army), took control of the thermal station from forces loyal to Assad, activists said. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah - RTX1M963

REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Germany’s decision to focus its intervention in Syria exclusively on the conflict with the so-called Islamic State (IS) is a mistake. Engagement in Syria is absolutely necessary – but not this kind of engagement. We must make the protection of civilians the first priority; only then will we achieve any sort of military and political success against IS. …

Read the complete article in the Berlin Policy Journal App – January/February 2016 issue.

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