The Obama administration is open to allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remain in power for several months or longer as a political transition takes place in the country, according to senior officials.
A top Iranian commander said Monday that Iran is increasing its military presence in Syria in order to help Syrian government forces fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Obama administration has agreed to invite Iran to participate in talks regarding the future of Syria, marking the first time the country has ever been asked to do so. Russia extended the invitation to Iran.
Upwards of 120,000 Syrians were displaced in October in the center of the area from which Syrian government forces, aided by Russian airstrikes, are launching a ground offensive, the United Nations said Monday.
Russia continues to launch airstrikes against U.S.-backed rebels in Syria despite claims by Moscow that it is primarily targeting the Islamic State terrorist group, according to reports.
A former Obama administration official who worked on foreign policy said that the president is causing the U.S. to act as if it is “totally impotent” in the face of Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria.
Support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Middle East appears to have grown since Moscow began its military intervention in Syria in an alleged attempt to combat the Islamic State.
Multiple Russian cruise missiles intended for targets in Syria crashed in Iran Thursday.