McClatchy quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on the US stance on the al-Nusra Front and its implications for moderate rebel groups: 

“If indeed we end up hitting Nusra hard, then we’re forcing the opposition to choose a side,” said Faysal Itani, a Syria specialist with the Washington-based Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. “And we’re depriving them of a key asset when, at the same time, we don’t have a plan to boost their capabilities fast enough to make up for the loss of Nusra.”


“Where there’s something that can’t be taken out, send in Nusra, and they’ll be happy to take it out for you,” Itani said of the rebels’ view.

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