As Americans focused on the presidential election this week, Syrians were dying under the brutal regime of President Bashar Assad. But there were hopeful signs that the US is poised to play a stronger role in pushing for a post-Assad Syria. The administration’s decision to reach out directly to fighters on the frontlines — side-stepping the fractured Syrian National Council — was an important step. It signaled that any future Syria must include representation from those who are making the greatest sacrifices now, including minority groups who are dying in large numbers to bring down the regime.
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