Congressional report: US sees Syrian conflict as chance to weaken Iran

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However, the report cautions that such an approach risks pushing Assad to fight to the end. That would unravel calls by the United States and other members of the international community for the Syrian government and the opposition to agree to a national unity government acceptable to both sides.

“While regime change in Syria may benefit the United States and its allies by weakening Iran,” the report concludes, “seeking it may also complicate efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and protect Syrian civilians, because it could encourage Syrian authorities and their allies to take a zero-sum approach to the crisis.”