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In fragmented Syria, the battle for control escalates
Fighting in Syria has entered a new phase, with regional and world powers hoping to secure a long-term economic and military presence. Russia has achieved its aims but cannot reconstruct the country on its own, and China has shown a sudden willingness to play a more active role. The U.S. has set out several limited goals but faces a murky path to implement them, while reviving the Iran deal remains its prime focus.