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End of Syria's civil war sets stage for new era

Emerging Iran-Syria-Russia axis set to challenge the hegemony that the US has enjoyed in this oil-rich, strategic region.

With limited military intervention in Syria, Russia acquired enhanced leverage in decisions affecting its regional rival.


BOLSTERED by Russian air support, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has retaken virtually all of eastern Aleppo controlled by the rebels since 2012. It's a turning point in the civil war and strengthens President Assad's hand in international negotiations on Syria's future....