West reaches out to Iran as Syria strategy stumbles

United States Secretary of State John Kerry listens during a meeting at the Palace Hotel on September 26, 2015, in New YorkUS and Western diplomats scrambled on Saturday to cobble together a diplomatic strategy to end the war in Syria, after the latest humiliating blow to their military plan. Secretary of State John Kerry and his European counterparts reached out to traditional foe Iran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Iran and Russia back Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, whom Washington sees as the instigator of the civil war that left half his country in the hands of the Islamic State group.

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