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21 Jun, 2017

Are we sleepwalking towards another major Middle East war? – Sydney Morning Herald

Julien Barnes-Dacey, an analyst with the European Council on Foreign Relations, worries that the new US administration has not learnt the lessons of its predecessors in Iraq. Barnes-Dacey writes: “A fight against Iranian proxies in eastern Syria is likely doomed to failure and would distract attention away from other important areas of the country. A US-supported push into eastern Syria will almost certainly end in failure given the regime and Iran’s commitment to securing the area.” Then he gets really worried: “It also runs the risk of provoking a broader US-Iranian conflagration that would significantly set back any efforts to defeat [IS] and secure some form of peace not just in Syria, but also in neighbouring Iraq.”

Read the rest: Facing old foes: Could the fall of IS ‘caliphate’ be the start of Iran-US war?