Syria: who’s involved, and what do they want?

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Among those glancing at Syria’s seven-year conflict, a simple but misleading declaration is circulating: “Assad is winning”.

But the Assad regime has only survived because of the political, economic and military life support it’s had from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

It is now entirely dependent on them.

Upo 7gAnd that’s for rule over just a part of Syria.

The opposition, though very dependent on Turkish protection, holds much of the north-west, and it also – for now – controls territory in the south along the Jordanian border.

Kurdish groups have taken much of northern and…

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