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The regional political scene was recently marked by several events of significance, linked to the conflict in Syria and the continuing war against ISIS.Russia has intensified its efforts at finding a solution to the Syria crisis, drawing up an initiative aimed at establishing a regional alliance to fight terrorism, including Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan.The recent kidnapping by Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate the Nusra Front of U.S.-trained rebels in Syria signaled the failure of the U.S. program to train and equip "moderate" Syrian rebels.Russia may be even more intent on brokering a deal on Syria, as fragmentation of the country that gives free reign to ISIS will only exacerbate its fears of increased terror activity. Its strategic interest may diverge from that of its effective ally in Syria, Iran, whose main concern is preserving "Syria's vital areas," stretching from the coastal regions where the Alawite community is concentrated, down to Damascus, even at the cost of dividing the country. Iran's plan is to secure the main supply lines from Syria to its proxy Hezbollah, even if this means allowing ISIS to thrive in eastern Syria.
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