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For the U.S. and Russia, True Progress in Syria Is Still a Distant Prospect

Jul 17, 2017 | 14:02 GMT
An end to the civil war remains a distant prospect, given the fragility of the cease-fire, Russia's limited influence over Iran and Syria, and disparate Russian and U.S. goals.

The cease-fire agreement between Washington and Moscow may be a milestone, but even in the best-case scenario it won't move the conflict much closer to a resolution.

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The United States and Russia may have reached a cease-fire agreement in Syria, but the ramifications almost certainly will be less drastic than many would like. The July 7 agreement covers the three southwestern Syrian provinces of Quneitra, Daraa and Sweida, and marks a new level of cooperation between the...

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