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Assad continues to hold onto power only by bombing and destroying parts of his country, Maliki's incumbency in Iraq is in deep trouble and he is unlikely to stay in power, while Hezbollah is fighting inside Syria and may have to go to the aid of the Iraqi prime minister.All three of these Arab parties depend heavily on Iran for logistical, financial and political support, and Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran face new vulnerabilities that did not exist a year ago, or even three months ago, when considering the challenge that ISIS has posed to them all. Every power has learned this lesson over and over again, including Syria in Lebanon, and the U.S. and Iran in Iraq.The U.S., Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and the Iraqi and other Arab governments will now effectively work together to militarily contain and push back ISIS troops, while simultaneously working politically to weaken each other. Legitimacy is an issue that the U.S., Iran, Arab powers and all foreign armies ignore as they march into battle in foreign lands.
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