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ATMEH, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the village of Atmeh which hosts nearly 1 million displaced Syrians near the Syrian-Turkish border in Idlib Province September 17, 2019 in Atmeh, Syria. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is pushing for the creation of an expanded “safe zone” in northern Syria where his government hopes to resettle up to three million Syrian refugees. The United States and Turkey recently started joint patrols of a small buffer zone along the border, but it’s a far cry from the 20-by-300 mile strip proposed by Mr. Erdogan, and no other power involved in the war as agreed to the idea. Turkey has warned that, if it doesn’t receive more international support for the safe zone, it might relax its migration controls and reopen the route for refugees to enter Europe. More than 3.6 million Syrian refugees have settled in Turkey after fleeing the civil war that began in 2011. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

U.S. Aid Should Help Syrians without Helping Assad

The United States should not help rebuild Syria, but can continue small, mostly symbolic, aid programs. Washington must abandon wishful thinking about regime change, and pursue U.S. interests without compounding the suffering of innocent Syrian civilians.