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Iran's Road to Syria Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human-rights activist documenting cases of people who have disappeared under President Bashar Assad's government, talks about how he smuggled scraps of fabric with the names of fellow inmates out of Syria that he is presenting to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for preservation at the conservation center, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Bowie, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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This frame grab from video released on May 26, 2017 and provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows a Syrian army soldier inspects a tunnel used by Islamic states, in Homs provence, Syria. Arabic reads, "Central Military Media, Homs, Syria." (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

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This frame grab from video released on May 26, 2017 and provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian forces take up positions during fighting between Government forces and Islamic State group militants in Homs provence in central Syria. Arabic reads, "Central Military Media, Homs, Syria." (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

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This frame grab from video released on May 26, 2017 and provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Syrian forces fires their weapons at Islamic State position, in Homs provence, Syria. Arabic reads, "Central Military Media, Homs, Syria." As the noose tightens on Islamic State militants in Syria, the United States and the coalition it leads will face a choice with no great options: it will be difficult to defeat the militants without cooperating with the internationally ostracized government of President Bashar Assad _ but doing so might be seen as legitimizing his continued rule. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

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This frame grab from video released on May 24, 2017 and provided by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows a Syrian forces tank fires at Islamic states positions at Palmyra desert, in Homs provence, Syria. Arabic reads, "Central Military Media, Palmyra, Syria." (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

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This frame grab from video released Wednesday June 28, 2017, by ANHA news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Brett McGurk, left, the top U.S. envoy for the international coalition combatting the Islamic State group, leaving after a visit to Ayn Issa, Syria. McGurk met with members of a local council expected to administer the city of Raqqa in Syria following its capture from the militants. (ANHA News Agency, via AP)

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FILE -In this fie picture taken on Tuesday April 4, 2017, Abdul-Hamid Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a suspected chemical weapons attack, in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. (Alaa Alyousef via AP, File)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

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FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, a Syrian National flag hangs out of a damaged building at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

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FILE -In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more than 40 prisoners. (Syrian Presidency via AP, File)

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FILE - In this photo provided on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, shows an Islamic State group base targeted by a Russian air strike , around Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP, File)

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FILE - This April 30, 2017 file photo, provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), shows fighters from the SDF looking toward the northern town of Tabqa, Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (Syrian Democratic Forces, via AP, File)

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FILE - This March 7, 2017 file frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows U.S. forces patrolling on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (Arab 24 network, via AP, File)

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FILE - In this file picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Monday, June 19, 2017, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (IRIB News Agency, Morteza Fakhrinejad via AP, File)

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FILE -- In this file photo provided on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service shows Russian air force Tu-22M3 bombers strike the Islamic State targets the IS around Deir el-Zour, eastern Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

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FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, a volunteer fighter with the Syrian Government forces sits atop a tank in the province of Raqqa, Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

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FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, soldiers from the Syrian army carry a rocket to fire at Islamic State group positions in the province of Raqqa, Syria. Syrian government and allied troops have inserted themselves into the battle against Islamic State militants by capturing key areas on the flanks of the coalition-led battle to seize Raqqa. They have positioned themselves as indispensable possibly spoilers in the fight to uproot the militants from Syria. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

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This image provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent shows the aftermath of an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that came under fire shortly before dark Saturday, June 17, 2017, outside Damascus, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross says the humanitarian aid convoy to a besieged opposition area outside Syria’s capital has come under attack, wounding a driver and thwarting the first such mission to the area in eight months. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent via AP)

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This image provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent shows the aftermath of an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that came under fire shortly before dark Saturday, June 17, 2017, outside Damascus, Syria. The International Committee of the Red Cross says the humanitarian aid convoy to a besieged opposition area outside Syria’s capital has come under attack, wounding a driver and thwarting the first such mission to the area in eight months. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent via AP)