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Striking Syria

Bashar al-Assad’s regime does not seem to have been influenced by the latest Western military response to its use of chemical weapons on rebel-held areas. But with no one developing a viable strategy for peace, the risk of a war that draws in the Middle East’s regional rivals is mounting.

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Children gather next to members of the Russian military police in Syria GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images
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