"The American assistance has been the most serious and most effective," said Hisham Jaber, a retired army general who heads the Middle East Center for Studies and Political Research in Beirut.
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"The army will do anything to keep the roads from Damascus to Beirut for themselves, after losing many crossings with Turkey," Jaber said.
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