Everyone agrees that ISIS needs to be stopped in Iraq and Syria, but there's almost no agreement among Western countries and their allies on how to get rid of Bashar al-Assad. And as they focus on terrorist groups, they may find themselves actually turning to Assad for help.
The UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed in the ongoing crackdown by Syrian security forces. President Bashar Al-Assad has denied any shoot-to-kill orders and says gunmen have killed more than one thousand of his forces.
Joshua Landis, director of the Middle Eastern Studies program at the University of Oklahoma tells host Marco Werman that more assertive US intervention in Syria is unlikely to quell the violence there.
The Obama administration continues to argue that the international community must take action over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. In the meantime, though, Russia continues to do all it can to stave off an attack, including introducing a plan for Syrian chemical weapons to be placed under "international control."
The Syrian war has changed in its three years. The Free Syrian Army forces that were attacking the Assad regime and its government soldiers are now locked in battle with Islamic fighters, who were once their allies. PBS Frontline journalist Muhammad Ali slipped across the Syrian border to report on this "second front" in Syria.