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Author Name: Agence France Presse
Assad Is the Big Winner Of The Iraq Crisis
President Bashar al-Assad's regime has repeatedly denied the existence of a revolt seeking political change in Syria, instead branding its opponents - both peaceful and armed - as "Terrorists". Volker Perthes, director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, told AFP: "The regime seems to be satisfied with the situation." If the US gives Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki military aid or even drone or air strikes, it will "Be seen as cooperating not only with Iran but also with Bashar al-Assad's regime". Syria's war began as a peaceful movement for political change before a brutal government crackdown saw it become a full-blown insurgency, but the conflict became more complex when jihadists from around the world flocked to Syria. Rebels seeking Assad's ouster initially welcomed ISIL in Syria, but its systematic abuses and quest for dominance turned the opposition against it. After Sunni militants launched their offensive "The regime air force started carrying out daily, intense raids against ISIL bastions". "This way, the regime shows itself as fighting a war against ISIL," Abdel Rahman said, alleging there has been a "Tacit agreement with Western countries to strike the jihadists... They are coordinating with the regime." Assad's regime, he added, "Wants to try to regain its legitimacy. It may be that the regime is winning back the support of countries that were vying for its ouster, but it will never regain the backing of the people."

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