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The Big Picture

The Syrian Tinderbox

As the conflict in Syria approaches its eighth year, the Islamic State has been all but uprooted, yet President Bashar al-Assad's regime remains firmly in place, and the fighting shows no signs of ending. On the contrary, a further round of escalation may be on the horizon.

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