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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:05

Rep. Mike Gallagher: Resist the temptation of trying to defeat ISIS by partnering with Russia

Written by  Rep. Mike Gallagher

The liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State last week was a major victory for the Iraqi people and for the United States, which supported the operation. But our broader mission in Iraq and Syria is far from over, and tactical gains against the Islamic State will be short-lived unless we deploy the right resources and choose the right partners.

This means the U.S. must resist the temptation of trying to defeat the Islamic State on the cheap by partnering with Russia in Syria – an adversary that works against our interests in the Middle East, and indeed worldwide.

Throughout Syria's six-year civil war, Russia has abetted Iranian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad as his regime killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, forced nearly half of all Syrians from their homes, and drove millions into neighboring countries and Europe. The Islamic State was born in Iraq, but it metastasized in Syria due to Assad's brutality, and the Islamic State declared its "caliphate" when it captured Mosul in June 2014.

The Obama administration initially criticized Russia's military intervention in Syria in September 2015, but did little to push back and ultimately hoped that Moscow's involvement would help defeat the Islamic State. Instead, Russian planes targeted U.S.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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