Sending heavy weapons to a secular militia for the final assault on Isis was an easy decision for the US. But it comes with heavy responsibilities
The US has not been spoilt for choice when choosing what, if any, side to support in Syria. In part this is because opposition rebel groups have struggled to put their differences aside and work together to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime; but it also due to misguided and miscalculated US engagement in the conflict, and the region. And the west’s shift of focus to Islamic State stifled the campaign to overthrow Assad.
The US must use its military partnership with the YPG to make it a more inclusive, pluralistic actor