In Syria talks, global powers pull in many directions

The war in Syria is as much about global politics and regional competition as it is about who runs the countryThe Syrian peace talks, which got off to a start of sorts this weekend, are meant to be a uniquely Syrian affair. What began as a popular revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011 quickly degenerated into a multi-front civil war that sucked in regional and global powers and created a chaos exploited by brutal jihadist groups. Today, the war in Syria is as much about global politics and regional competition as it is about who runs the country.

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