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Syrian Women Say U.S. Strikes on Extremists Backfire

A group of Syrian women activists delivered a jarring message to top American officials today: Syrians aren’t grateful for the U.S.-led airstrikes, which they say have killed innocents and worsened the suffering.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is terrorizing the population as much as Islamic State does, the women said. Targeting the extremists without also attacking the regime will only benefit Assad, and won’t help end the three-year civil war and the suffering of the Syrian people, which can be done only through political negotiations, they said.