US President Donald Trump is believed to have finalised a plan to topple Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Fox News reported on Tuesday.
According to US officials, who refused to reveal themselves to the American network, the plan focuses on defeating Daesh as a major step towards overthrowing Al-Assad.
Daesh has lost a majority of the area it had controlled in Iraq and Syria, except Raqqa, the city the group has declared its capital, and which the United States and allied opposition forces are preparing to attack in the coming weeks.
The second phase of the plan will focus on enforcing stability after the expulsion of Daesh, where the US administration will try to broker a ceasefire agreement in the region between Assad forces and the Syrian opposition under rules that are difficult to breach.
The Trump administration also spoke about “interim zones of stability” which would be different to safe zones. Under Trump’s plan, the Assad government would be party to the stability zones and US or Arab aircrafts could ostensibly patrol them without clashing with Syrian warplanes.