Strange Bedfellows in Airstrikes Against Islamic State

People searching the ruins of a building following a U.S. airstrike in Idlib, Syria, on Tuesday Photograph by Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

One year ago, President Barack Obama was on the verge of launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Now he’s leading a coalition that’s raining bombs on Assad’s most lethal foe, Islamic State. That’s only one strange twists in the air attack, which is taking place in what is probably the world’s most complicated, confused theater of war.

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