In the early days of Syria's civil war, opposition activists and fighters pleaded with the US to strike the Syrian government.

It has now been a week since a US led coalition began bombing Syria. But they are targeting ISIL, not Bashar Al Assad's forces.

Many opposition groups now fear US President Barack Obama is no longer committed to seeing president Bashar Al Assad leave power.

And increasingly, armed groups in Syria view the air strikes as against their interests; with some Syrian rebels vowing to fight Western nations.

Will the continuing campaign against ISIL alienate fighters who were previously seeking US backing?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Lawrence Korb - a former US assistant Secretary of Defense.

Lina Khatib - director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi -a fellow at the Middle East Forum and Specialist on ISIL and armed groups in Iraq and Syria.

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