Obama sees slight opportunity for progress in Syria

A Syrian man visits the graves of loved ones at a cemetery in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on July 19, 2015US President Barack Obama believes Bashar al-Assad’s backers in Moscow and Tehran may see the writing is on the wall for the Syrian regime, offering rare hope for a resolution to a bloody civil war. Speaking to columnists in the White House on Wednesday to sell his nuclear deal with Iran, Obama also offered a glimmer of optimism about the dire situation in Syria. “I do think the window has opened a crack for us to get a political resolution in Syria,” Obama said, according to Robin Wright of the New Yorker, one of those present.

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