Shifting goalposts

Print edition : July 21, 2017

Fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on their way to Raqqa on June 6. Photo: RODI SAID/REUTERS

At the Jordan-Saudi Arabia border, south of Amman, U.S. soldiers participate in a military exercise on May 17. Photo: Muhammad Hamed/REUTERS

With the dream of regime change in Damascus evaporating, the U.S. and its allies have begun to work on new goals, such as carving out areas of influence within Syria and using these as military bases to target Iran.
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