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Trump’s Syria Conundrum

For years, Syria’s pro-democracy and human rights activists warned the Obama administration about the impact of its repeated statements that it would not intervene in the Syrian conflict come hell or high water. Now it’s the Trump administration’s turn.

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Putin in Syria, 2017

Now that he has established a firm foothold in Syria following 18 months of direct military intervention, Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin, has to politically safeguard his gains in order to ensure their long-term consolidation and present the world with a fait accompli.

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Iraqi Forces Advance on Western Mosul, U.S. Weighs Deploying Troops to Syria, Netanyahu Meets with Trump

Iraqi forces are moving again against the Islamic State with closer U.S. support, the United States is considering sending ground troops to Syria, and Netanyahu’s wild ride in joint press conference with Donald Trump.

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