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Who gains in the battle for Syria's northeast?

Updated : October 16, 2019 11:56 AM IST

With Turkish forces pressing south from the border, the Kurds have invited troops from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Russian-backed government in from the south and the west.
The SDF says the Turkish offensive has helped energise Islamic State sleeper cells.
Russia's indispensable role in Syria reflects a larger shift in the Middle East from Damascus to Riyadh, as showcased by President Vladimir Putin's Gulf tour this week, including his first visit to Saudi Arabia in more than a decade.
Who gains in the battle for Syria's northeast?

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