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Al-Qaeda flexes muscle in Syria, Iraq while U.S. considers Iran’s help

WASHINGTON — Syrian rebel fighters have finally pushed back al-Qaeda elements from towns close to the Syria-Turkey border. It could have been a tactical move by al-Qaeda fighters to end the schism between Syrian rebels.

Hassan Rouhani [1]Reuters reported [2] that the Syrian civil war has not gone according to plan, for the rebels, their backers and the West. al-Qaeda fighters had flexed their muscle [3] in both Iraq and Syria, but the Obama administration has refused to become embroiled in the volatile region.

Peace talks [4] are scheduled for this year between the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, and the rebels. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry even said that Iran, a major backer of anti-Iraqi government elements in Iraq and Assad in Syria, could “contribute from the sidelines”.

Obama refuses to intervene in Syrian affairs, even after warning Assad not to use chemical weapons. He drew a “red line [5]” that if chemical weapons were used, American forces would be used. After Obama kowtowed and negotiated with Russia, who promised to help dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons [6]. Assad later declared victory over the Americans after Obama made the agreement with Russia [7].