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Mona Yacoubian is quoted in Reuters on military options in Syria

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If the United
States and allies genuinely want to change the course of the war in Syria, it
may take considerably more than simply supplying the faltering opposition with


arms and ammunition will certainly not change the military balance on the
ground inside Syria,” says Mona Yacoubian, a former US State Department
official now Syria analyst at the Stimson Centre in Washington DC. “The
provision of sophisticated, heavy weapons could begin to change (that), although
that option is fraught with risks.”

The use of
targeted airstrikes, she said, would be a bolder and perhaps more effective

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