December 21, 2013 11:54 PM

Trudy Rubin | Opening for Syrian Islamists

For two years, the Obama administration refused to arm moderate Syrian rebels it claimed to support, for fear the guns would wind up in the hands of Islamists. In an astonishing turnaround — propelled by the need to salvage a failing Syria policy — the administration is now wooing the Islamist rebels it once feared.

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