Though Syrian officials had previously expressed opposition to US airstrikes on their territory, Reconciliation Minister Ali Hayder today said the government believes the strikes are going in “the right direction.”
Though there wasn’t official “coordination,” Syrian officials reported that they were given advanced notification of the US attacks, and the attacks didn’t hit any Syrian military targets, only ISIS and al-Qaeda factions.
All in all, the strikes have worked out pretty well for the Assad government, allowing them to focus their own military strikes on targets closer to Damascus while the US points rebels in the north.
Not that they’re letting the US strikes in the north go to waste. The US may not have allies on the ground to follow up on their airstrikes, but the Syrian military has reportedly hit targets in Aleppo themselves in follow-up strikes on the US attacks.
The US has tried to present the war as part of a move to eventually force regime change in Syria, creating a new, pro-US rebel force that will eventually take on Assad. Yet in the meantime, the strikes seem to be benefiting no one so much as the Assad forces themselves.
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