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What strategic plan do US and NATO have IF Assad steps down? Are they trying to replace the Assad regime with a more 'pro' western regime? I'm hoping it doesn't turn into another Iraq/Afghanistan.

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    The cynic in me is convinced that the plans is "current administration leaves and they don't need to care post that".
    – user4012
    Sep 10, 2016 at 20:29
  • Do you think if the US government had any plan, they would let us know? What kind of answer are you seeking here? Primarily opinion-based answers?
    – Rathony
    Sep 10, 2016 at 20:33
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    At this point I doubt deposing Al-Assad is on the table. There is no point in going to a peace conference to propose a deal the other part (Putin or Al-Assad himself) has nothing to win with. I would think of end of hostilities, general amnesty & safety ensurance and some measure of local self-government -inside the Syrian state- for the regions most opposed to him (e.g. Kurds).
    – SJuan76
    Sep 11, 2016 at 16:42
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    @SoylentGray The US is involving itself in a war to overthrow the existing government of Syria. Explaining to the public their plans for how to do that and what its goals are is an essential part of selling that war to the public. This sort of question is precisely what this board is for.
    – J Doe
    Apr 8, 2017 at 0:01
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    If you drop the fluff off of it then it would be on topic. Its still got all the fluff that makes it off topic Apr 12, 2017 at 15:01

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