The Oct. 27 news article “U.S.: Push into Raqqa needed to stop IS plots” showed once again how the United States military has become involved in a civil conflict with no end in sight. The final sentence tells the tale “... the political and military landscape in Syria is complicated.”
It is further complicated by a counterproductive competition between the U.S. and Russia. If, as stated, the goal is to defeat the Islamic State, all countries in the region must be united in the effort. Otherwise the military actions of the U.S. will only prolong the conflict assuring that civilians will continue to die, refugees will continue to leave the region and U.S. lives and tax dollars will continue to be lost.
The end to this conflict will come when the rival interests, U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, the Kurds and the various militant factions, negotiate a political settlement.