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A look at Syria's conflict, as mutual enemies close in on IS
That led Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to warn that it would target US-led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River. There they appear set to link up with Iranian-backed militias, establishing a vital land corridor from Damascus to Tehran. Now in control of Syria's five largest cities, Assad is eyeing Deir el-Zour in the east, which has been besieged by IS since 2014.
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