Last night, the Pentagon announced that bombing operations by the U.S. and its anti-ISIS coalition "partners" had begun over Syria. The air campaign in Syria against ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (or Syria), extends the U.S. war on the terrorist group-cum-self-proclaimed caliphate from Iraq, where an American air campaign began earlier this month. Barack Obama became the fourth consecutive U.S. president to order air strikes in Iraq. Predictably, the U.S. war against ISIS, which claims territory in Iraq and Syria, has reached into Syria itself. The bombings in Syria are a bad idea, writes Ed Krayewski, as is the wider war against ISIS, for a host of reasons.
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