Recent reports that Russia is using its military might to assist Syrian forces in defeating rebel groups trained by the United States have prompted concerns about the effectiveness of the United States’ strategy in Syria. Attacks by Russian forces also create risk of direct conflict with United States and other nations who are assisting Iraq and Turkey in defeating ISIS. But there is an additional risk to the international strategy to defend Syria’s neighbors from ISIS attacks.
Major Patrick Walsh is an Associate Professor in the International and Operational Law Department of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. Major Walsh is a military reservist currently serving on active duty. As a civilian, Mr. Walsh is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Nevada, where he served as the lead national security and terrorism prosecutor for the district. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.
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