Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pose during a trilateral meeting on Syria in Sochi on November 22, 2017. / AFP / SPUTNIK / Mikhail METZEL
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Daesh (ISIS) may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country. And if U.S. forces are to counter Iranian and Russian influence as Syria struggles to emerge from civil war, they will need Turkey's help.Without it, a major NATO ally might have moved closer to Iran and Russia, who are battling to save President Bashar Assad's Syrian regime.The Kurds now have the strength to hold their own in northeastern Syria, and Washington is turning to the bigger picture.At the same time, Ankara and Washington share an interest in countering Russia and Iran's influence in Syria and in shaping the country's future as peace talks loom.In the early years of the Syrian conflict, Erdogan like then-U.S. President Barack Obama was rhetorically a staunch foe of Assad, despite frequent U.S.-Turkish diplomatic spats."Erdogan recently referred to Assad as the central administration, the central government in Syria, and many saw that as a landmark statement," he said.But he predicted the shift would not last; Erdogan is invested in painting Assad as a war criminal, and Russian forces will eventually want to edge Turkish troops out of Syria.
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