A poisonous client: Why Russia and Iran should ditch Bashar al-Assad | The Economist

In an excellent leader that Economist argues that the longer Russia and Iran keep Assad in power, the more they will share his guilt for war crimes.

Source: A poisonous client: Why Russia and Iran should ditch Bashar al-Assad | The Economist

It looks like the article was published before President Trump authorized the destruction of the Syrian military airbase that was responsible for the latest gas attack on the Syrian people. Russia was kept in the loop with advance warning.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will signal a wider change in policy in the Middle East.

One can only speculate that the US could offer Russia richer pickings than Syria.

The War on Islamic State – WSJ

English: Columns in Palmyra, Syria, 2009.

English: Columns in Palmyra, Syria, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to the WSJ to prevail against ISIS, the West must settle on military tactics, cut off oil money and counter propaganda, strategists say.

Source: The War on Islamic State – WSJ

This WSJ looks at the risks of escalating the fight against ISIS.

The article cites Europeans as wary of attacking ISIS with ground forces.

Whilst I understand the argument cited, the efforts so far have been ineffective.

The bottom line is that a cohesive political and military strategy is required.

Thoughts?