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The U.S. has a weak hand in Syria—and Russia knows it

HOW FAST CAN A PEACE DEAL FALL APART? On day one (Sept. 12), a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire went into effect in Syria. By day four, Moscow and Washington were accusing each other of violations. On day five, a U.K.-based NGO was reporting that airstrikes were killing civilians.

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