By Julian Pecquet - 12/04/13 11:08 AM EST
The Obama administration has launched direct talks with Islamist militias in Syria that aren't aligned with al Qaeda, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The change in tactics is a tacit acknowledgment that the western-backed alliance of more secular groups has crumbled amid fierce fighting with Bashar Assad's forces. Islamist militias hoping to establish Islamist law in Syria have filled the void, leaving the administration with no good options.
The outreach aims to “find out whether these people are worthwhile bringing into the diplomatic process,” a senior U.S. official told the Journal.
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