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Iran, Russia, Turkey Team Up to Hold Sway in Syria


Ankara (AFP) - Iran, Russia and Turkey have teamed up to forge a strong if brittle tripartite alliance aimed at holding ascendancy in Syria, taking advantage of the West's reluctance to engage militarily in the country.

The presidents of the three countries, long seen as regional rivals rather than strategic allies, will meet Wednesday in Ankara for their second three way summit on Syria in a striking demonstration of unity.

This meeting, which follows the first tripartite summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in Sochi last November, comes with Turkey seeking a louder voice after launching an offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria.

US President Donald Trump has signaled that Washington will be withdrawing "very soon" from Syria, in a move that would cement the influence of Ankara, Moscow, and Tehran who have all committed military forces to the ground…

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