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    US Has No Leverage to Forge Intra-Syrian Consensus - Ex-Ambassador to Damascus

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    The US authorities are unable to bring the conflicting sides in Syria to a political consensus, former US Ambassador to the Arab republic Robert Ford said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the diplomat, the United States is trying to solve a deep political issue militarily.

    "The United States does not have leverage to forge a consensus. And, frankly, the Obama administration is doing very little, if anything, to generate leverage to forge that consensus," Ford told CNN on Wednesday.

    According to Ford, one of the main problems is that Washington has a "myopic" notion of the Daesh terrorist group.

    "The Islamic State [Daesh] is a problem, but the Islamic State [Daesh] came out of the broader problem of the Syrian civil war. And it really isn't going to be solved outside the context, outside a larger solution to the Syrian civil war," Ford added.

    In this undated file image posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, north Syria
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    Ford served as the US ambassador to Damascus between 2011 and 2014.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups. The United States and their Western allies have many times tried to accuse Assad of being responsible for the bloodshed and insisted on his resignation.

    Daesh is a terrorist group mainly operating in Syria and Iraq. The jihadists have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Europe. The group is outlawed in many countries around the world, including Russia and the United States.


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