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A Syrian soldier stands guard at his military post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan last month. (Hassan Ammar/AP). August 10 at 6:00 AM Email the author. BEIRUT--As Syria’s war enters what could be its last and most dangerous stretch, the Syrian government and its allies will have to contend for the first time with the presence of foreign troops in the quest to bring the rest of the country back under President Bashar al-Assad’s control. The government’s recent defeat of rebels in the southwest of Syria has put Assad unassailably in control of a majority of the country, his hold on power now facing no discernible military or diplomatic threat. But... Full story

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