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Syria Turns Attention to Kurds as IS Defeated

Syria Turns Attention to Kurds as IS Defeated

SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press
November 10, 2017 11:03 AM

BEIRUT (AP) - With the fall of the Islamic State group's last stronghold in Syria, Iranian and Russian-backed Syrian troops now turn to face off with rival U.S.-backed forces holding large oil fields and strategic territory in the country's north and east.

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This puts U.S. and Iranian forces at close proximity, across the Euphrates from each other, amid multiple hotspots that could turn violent, particularly in the absence of a clear American policy.

Iran has threatened that Syrian troops will advance toward Raqqa, IS' former capital, which fell to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in October, raising the potential for a clash there.

The Kurdish-led SDF also controls some of Syria's largest oil fields, in the oil-rich eastern Deir el-Zour province, an essential resource the Syrian government also says it will take back.


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