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US Memo on Syria Is Unusual, But What Does it Mean?

Within the Obama administration, disagreement over Syria policy is nearly as old as the five-year-old conflict itself. While some senior State Department officials have long favored more aggressive action against the Bashar al-Assad government, the White House has resisted those calls out of fear of pushing the U.S. into another war. Instead, it has focused on a military campaign against the Islamic State group. But an internal diplomatic cable criticizing the administration’s policy...

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