A new study found that the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would primarily benefit ISIS in the continuing Syrian armed conflict.
According to the study from London-based IHS Jane’s, it is the Assad regime, not US-backed rebels, who are carrying most of the burden in the fight against ISIS.
Despite Trump’s seeming transformation into a neocon, and voices in his administration calling for Assad’s removal, the prospect of creating another power vacuum for ISIS to fill is terrifying. Fortunately, the recent US strike against a Syrian was by most accounts a one-off. The region can ill-afford another Iraq or Libya for ISIS to claim.