Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters give bread to civilians in the border town of Tal Abyad, Syria, October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
US and Europe must shift focus toward aiding the Syrian people, not toppling Assad, experts say

Shifting the approach to focus on shared humanitarian interests on the ground can open the door to cooperation with Russia, maintain Western influence in Syria, and facilitate the rebuilding of a war-torn country.

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