Analysis: The big Syrian bluff

Talks in Vienna last Friday intended to relaunch the diplomatic process on Syria produced predictably little.

Meanwhile, the latest announcement from the US of its intention to send a small number of special forces operatives to northeast Syria represents an undoubted improvement on the previous disastrous and now abandoned “train and equip” program.

But the presence of the US “advisers” is unlikely to lead to major changes on the ground.


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