How Syria’s Murky Battlefield Fuels the Middle East’s Conspiracy Theorists

How Syria’s Murky Battlefield Fuels the Middle East’s Conspiracy Theorists
A convoy of Islamic State militants, Tel Abyad, Syria, May 4, 2015 (AP photo via militant website).

Confusion, mistakes and misfires on the battlefield are hardly unusual. To the contrary, they are a common occurrence in warfare. But last Saturday, after U.S. warplanes launching airstrikes in Syria against the so-called Islamic State struck instead a group of Syrian army forces, what followed was, if not unusual, informative. The aftermath of the incident highlighted the Middle East’s propensity to find murky motives behind easily explainable events, exacerbated by the widespread confusion about the strategic objectives of the war’s combatants, notably the United States. As soon as news emerged of the U.S. airstrikes in Deir el-Zour, which Russian officials […]

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