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Fragmented Syria in Search of a Referee

As 2014 draws to a close, the war in Syria grinds on. The main combatants continue to pummel each other like punch drunk fighters, with no referee to make them stop. The regime of Bashar al-Assad controls only about 45 percent of the country but 65 percent of the population, according to Syria expert Josh Landis.  The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) holds a third of Syria but only a few million of its inhabitants; al-Qaeda’s affiliate, the Nusra Front, occupies 5...

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