The Associated Press quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on the complications of uniting global players in a coalition against ISIS in Syria:

“Quite simply, the countries best-placed to contribute meaningfully to the anti-ISIS effort do not share the same interests in Syria,” said Faysal Itani, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State group.


“Barring either regime victory over the insurgency, which is unlikely, or a U.S. policy shift toward political transition away from Assad — which would bring regional allies and insurgents on board against ISIS — I don’t see any prospect of defeating ISIS,” Itani said.

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