Reuters cites an Atlantic Council blog post which originally appeared in MENASource:

“Now that ISIS has fully matured, the Assad regime and Iran offer themselves as partners to the United States,”  Bassam Barabandi, who served as a diplomat for several decades in the Syrian Foreign Ministry,  explained  in the Atlantic Council recently . ” For the first time, Assad is striking ISIS in Raqqa and locations inside Iraq, in a perverse harvest of the terrorist seeds he planted to quash the civilian-led reform movement.”

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