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State Department's Syria Void

The administration seems to have limited its goals for Syria to fighting the Islamic State.
Keeping his grip.

Keeping his grip.

Photographer: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria, Daniel Rubinstein, plans to move on, raising further concerns about the Obama administration's commitment to resolving the conflict, beyond just fighting the Islamic State.

Two administration officials confirmed that President Barack Obama plans to nominate Rubinstein as ambassador to Tunisia within weeks. Although the nomination isn't yet final, the State Department has already begun a search for a replacement to fill the Syria post, a job that has suffered from a downgrade in stature and authority over the past year.