Contributor Perspectives

Another Long War Unfolds in Syria

Charles Glass
Board of Contributors
Jan 19, 2018 | 14:48 GMT
Children survey the damage to a building just outside Damascus that sustained a missile attack from forces loyal to the Syrian government Jan. 18.

Children survey the damage to a building just outside Damascus that sustained a missile attack from forces loyal to the Syrian government Jan. 18.

(ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

The war in Syria should be ending. The Islamic State has lost all the territory it seized in 2014. The Syrian army, backed by Russia and Iran, has confined other anti-government rebels to besieged pockets in the south, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus and in the northwest. Opposition hopes of removing Syrian President Bashar al Assad have vanished. But the war refuses to die. It just takes new forms. The latest phase has little to do with Syria, apart from the fact that it's taking place there. ...

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