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Is Palmyra's Fall Strategic Loss for Syria?

The swift takeover of Palmyra—after only days of fighting—may have been a huge military victory for the Islamic State group but it may have also been, in part, a calculated strategic loss for the Syrian government. Mario Abou Zeid, a researcher for the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, says Damascus is fighting rebel forces that it considers a much greater threat than the Islamic State   “The Assad regime would rather pave the way for the Islamic State,” he said, "rather...

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