Why don’t modern wars end?
Benedetta Berti
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Syria’s conflict is a proxy war. Both sides have outside supporters that will not allow “their” side to lose. They provide the money that enables fighters on boths sides to keep fighting. And due to the devastated economy they have no shortage of volunteers. Not to mention that both sides employ large numbers of foreign fighters.

So I don’t believe that supporting local groups will have much effect. On the contrary, as long as the war continues independent local groups will always be under suspicion to be a cover organization for one of the sides in the conflict. And not without reason…