The Telegraph quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Fellow Faysal Itani on US surveillance flights over Syria:

However several analysts cautioned against expecting a full US engagement. “The US is still looking at Isil as a trans-national terror threat, which is why the policy is still basically one of containment,” said Faysal Itani of the Rafik Hariri Centre for the Middle East in Washington. “To do more would require the US to engage in a proxy war that would put them at odds with Russia and Iran – whereas in Iraq, our interests are aligned. I would not be surprised to see some pin-prick air strikes in north-east Syria in the coming weeks, but I don’t think it will go much further.”

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