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    US Diplomats’ ‘Dissent Cable’ Urges Airstrikes Against Assad

    There’s dissent in the ranks. More than 50 State Department officials involved with policy in Syria have sent a memo asking President Obama to consider using military strikes to force Bashar Assad’s regime to negotiate. While the U.S. has limited its involvement to campaigns against ISIS, the cable warned that unless decisive action is taken to end Syria’s five-year civil war, the humanitarian challenges could become insurmountable. While the number of signatures on this dissent cable is highly unusual, Obama hasn’t shown any signs of changing course.

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