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What's in a Word? Confusion About U.S. Policy Toward Syria

The United States insists that it's not helping the Syrian government conduct airstrikes against Islamic State militants by providing intelligence on the fighters' locations. Such actions, American officials say, would only strengthen a brutal regime that has used chemical weapons against its own people and undermine U.S. efforts to train and arm Syrian rebels trying to overthrow Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

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