Raqqa is one of the Syrian cities that has been heavily damaged during the war.
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Western powers are reluctant to help rebuild Syria after its civil war, because they think the wrong side won.Unlike Iraq, which was pumping out about 2 million barrels of oil a day even in the traumatic years right after the 2003 U.S. invasion, Syria has little ability to generate cash internally to pay for its own rebuilding.'Dead End'The EU, Arab nations and the U.S. put aside $9.7 billion in April for humanitarian aid and rebuilding Syria.In the U.S., lawmakers from both parties this week introduced legislation they dubbed the "No Assistance for Assad Act," seeking to channel any American aid to the parts of Syria still outside government control. Both countries supported the opposition in Syria.Last year, Syria said it had agreed on 850 million euros of contracts for Russia to rebuild infrastructure.Belt and RoadThat may just be the beginning, because Syria fits into Chinese strategy.That's one indicator that, without a compromise on Assad's future, Syria is likely to remain partially destroyed for years.
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