The PJ Tatler

Syria Changes Tune on US Airstrikes Against IS: From No Way to 'Call Me, Maybe?'

The Syrians had taken the stance that any US airstrike on IS on Syrian land would be an act of war against Syria.

But now, the Assad regime might consider itself a part of the anti-IS coalition.

[Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal] Mekdad openly expressed support for airstrikes on Syria — an option detailed by President Barack Obama in an overnight speech — by saying his administration has “no reservations whatsoever.”

But he said cited the need for logistical coordination with the U.S. before any airstrikes so “there should be no mistakes,” and said “it is a must” for Obama to call Assad.

He even suggested that Syria could join the US in a coalition against IS that includes Russia, China and Iran.

Mekkad doesn’t want the US working with the Free Syrian Army, though.

When it came down to international law, Mekdad was most concerned about Obama’s plan to arm rebel groups in Syria.

“Betting on other forces in Syria is a very big mistake,” he warned.