US warns of ISIS return as critics accuse Syria’s Assad of stirring ‘ethnic’ tensions

U.S. military officials have called for an end to the escalating civil war in Syria over concerns that it could lead to a resurgence of ISIS, while critics accuse some regional leaders — including those in Iran — of leaning on “ethnic” tensions to drive the fighting. 

“Operation Inherent Resolve continues to closely monitor events in northeast Syria,” Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve wrote in a statement released Thursday. 

Using the Arabic acronym “Daesh” to refer to ISIS, the statement continued, “We remain focused on working with the Syrian Defense Forces to ensure the enduring defeat of

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