No military solution in afghanistan and syria o

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No military solution in Afghanistan and Syria o FH(Freedom House) ranked Iraq for past 15 years as an unfree country o Counter-Insurgency: Political, not military ; military used o Will the war end? Has to eventually because there’s no military solution
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o Al-Assad government stronger(with help from Russia) than when the war began 7 years ago o ¼ of the country is outside the government’s reach (Kurdish) o Russia (Putin) plans to host a peace talk, Calls to remove Al-Assad from power is no longer prevalent to West Military or political solution? o Military aspect isn’t working, politics o Russia is trying to negotiate Al-Assad to leave position, otherwise the war will never end Internalization of the civil war Tukey highlights the fundamental problem with the war in Syria. Every actor has their own agenda. Turkey wants to fight the Kurds, Iran wants to beat back Syria rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, the US is focused on ISIS, and Putin gains political ground by “:standing up to the West”. Alliances and rivalries overlap, with just one clear winner: Bashar al-Assad. He may be fighting ISIS for control of Syria, but it’s the rise of ISIS that’s keeping him in power o Putin wants to be final decider Afghanistan: clear that US and everyone: cannot win counter-insurgent war against Taliban, Taliban is a credible force and form of government (1996-2001), chaos of government US put in place or Taliban Fractions of Afghani People, centralization of power lead to social revolts Taliban won’t run in elections because of a military force, Taliban stated want the withdrawal of troops for a fair election Iraq: all about oil, everyone wants to be in government to take a piece of the oil revenue Failure of “nation building”, US regained control of oil Syria: “country bleeding”, being destroyed by different interests. Prospects of ending the bloodshed won’t happen because al-Assad remains in power
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