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Russia Tries the Diplomatic Approach in Syria

May 12, 2017 | 00:23 GMT
Smoke rises from an airstrike on Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. As Russia is discovering, it will be difficult to disengage from the conflict it has become embroiled in.
Smoke rises from an airstrike on Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. As Russia is discovering, it will be difficult to disengage from the conflict it has become embroiled in.
(AMMAR SULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Moscow's proposed "de-escalation zones" could calm the conflict, at least temporarily, and improve its relationship with the United States. But despite the plan's advantages, it's not a sure bet....

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