Many players, divergent interests in anti-IS fight

Countries carrying out strikes against IS in Syria and IraqThe battle against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has become an international priority, but it faces a patchwork of conflicting agendas and strategies from a wide array of actors. The Russians and Iranians, meanwhile, have maintained their firm support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thus complicating efforts to reach a diplomatic solution. The US has been bombing the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since mid-2015, accounting for the vast majority of the coalition’s air strikes.

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