Syrian National Coalition President Anas al-Abdah says that Trump as the next U.S. president could provide fresh momentum for ending the six-year-old civil war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Hopes for a new posture from President-elect Donald Trump when it comes to U.S. policy in Syria. Trump's more open-minded stance toward Syrian President Bashar al Assad's ally Russia has triggered concerns that it could embolden Moscow and exacerbate the bombing of insurgents. But Anas al-Abdah, President of the Syrian National Coalition said a new U.S. approach could also change the dynamic in a positive way. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF SYRIAN NATIONAL COALITION, ANAS AL-ABDAH, SAYING: "The current administration has basically given Russia a free hand on what's going in Syria. I hope that the new president-elect will not do that. Because I believe he has a different way of understanding. So, this is why I think we might see something positive in the coming few weeks and months." His comments come as Islamic State released footage purportedly showing aftermath of a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Raqqa province -- amid unconfirmed reports of civilian deaths. The coalition is providing air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance which includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and some Arab groups, in an operation to drive Islamic State from its de facto capital in Syria. Alliances that may shift with a new president in the White House.