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Obama should re-articulate his policy of regime change for Syria, something he first announced in 2011 and has quietly revised ever since, and gear any intervention toward meeting that goal and building a reliable opposition. Although that will be incredibly difficult to do, the good news is that the United States and its allies have made more progress on that front than many realize.
After nearly 18 months and some 20,000 dead, Western and Arab governments are still debating the geopolitical pros and cons of intervening in Syria. But inside the country, the opposition has more pressing concerns, from battling the regime to collecting the trash. A report from on the ground in rebel-controlled northern Syria.
More and more outsiders are calling for a humanitarian intervention in Syria to stop Bashar al-Assad's killing sprees. But for this to work, Syria's various opposition groups will have to first coalesce into a single, unified political and military force.