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As US forces exit Syria, West Asia faces a new, post-American era

Russia, Iran and regional strongmen increasingly step in to chart the region's future

Syria  |  Russia  |  Iran

Ben Hubbard | NYT  |  Beirut, Lebanon 

When Turkey, Iran and Russia meet to talk about the end of the war in Syria, they do so without the United States. Peace talks to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been frozen for years, but the long-awaited Trump plan to break the impasse has yet to arrive. And now, despite conflicting messages about how and when it will happen, the United States is set to withdraw from Syria. The withdrawal, which the military said began with equipment removal on Friday, is just the latest instance of a broader American disengagement from West Asia that could have lasting effects on ...

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 22:55 IST