US History In Mideast Hampers Hopes

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“I think the U.S. will likely use FSA fighters on the ground but I don’t think that they will be enough to do the necessary ground battle,” said Leila Hilal, a senior international security fellow and former director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. “The U.S. may be then anticipating having to supplement forces with international ground troops, in which case they may turn to others for that role." " “Working with an ‘adversary’ that supports other groups employing terrorist tactics will not be easy,” Suzanne DiMaggio, the director of the Iran Initiative at the New America Foundation research institute, told The Weekly Wonk blog.

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Suzanne DiMaggio is a director and senior fellow at New America, where she focuses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and Asia.

Leila Hilal is a senior fellow for the International Security program and the former director of the Middle East Task Force at New America.