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This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show a Russian Military engineer distributing juice to local children in Aleppo, Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers driving in their APCs to operate in Aleppo, Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show a Russian Military engineer operating in Aleppo, Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)

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FILE -- In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Syria President Bashar Assad arrive for their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. With his victory in Aleppo, Assad appears to have survived a nearly six-year war to drive him from power, but he is now more dependent on outside powers than ever. His key allies Russia and Iran, along with Turkey, are best placed to determine Syria’s endgame, which could more closely resemble a grand bargain among great powers than a political settlement among Syrians themselves. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Illustration on Iran's future role in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Building a Confederation in Syria Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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FILE - In this file image made from video posted online on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 by Qasioun News Agency, Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces patrol in Dabiq, Syria. Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces have captured the symbolically significant town of Dabiq from the Islamic State group, the factions said Sunday morning. Simultaneous attacks on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa, the de facto IS capital across the border in eastern Syria, would make military sense: They would make it harder for the extremists to move reinforcements and deny them a safe haven. (Qasioun News Agency via AP, File)

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FILE - This Sept. 1, 2016 file photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows rescue workers using a bulldozer to remove a burned van after airstrikes that killed a dozen people west of the town of Suran in Hama province, Syria. Infighting among some insurgent groups in Syria is severely hampering an offensive that many activists had hoped would cut government supply lines to Aleppo and ease the pressure on that embattled northern city. A Syrian cabinet minister, Ali Haidar, told The Associated Press in Damascus on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that Hama was the “safety valve which the gunmen tried to open to alleviate pressure on Aleppo.” (Syria Press Center via AP, File)

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In this still image taken from video footage provided by the Daret Izza Media Office, an anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a big blast is seen at the edge of the city accompanied by a large plume of smoke and debris rising from the skyline, Daret Izza, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Activists say the explosion was caused by a thermobaric rocket launched by forces loyal to the Syrian government. (Daret Izza Media Office via AP)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers work the site of airstrikes in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, that an internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. Syria's military declared the cease-fire ended one week ago. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

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In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, a destroyed ambulance is seen outside the Syrian Civil Defense main center after airstrikes in Ansari neighborhood in the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. A Syria monitoring group and a rescue worker say an intense air bombing campaign has targeted several neighborhoods in rebel-held part of Aleppo city, including centers of the award-winning volunteer civil defense group known as the White Helmets. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

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This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows a Syrian man carrying a girl away from the rubble of a destroyed building after barrel bombs were dropped on the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. Syria activists said, at least 15 civilians have been killed when suspected government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a wake for children killed in earlier airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

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A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Russia's defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country's leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow's role in the region. (Vadim Savitsky/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, testifying on Capitol Hill, was taken to task over the administration's characterization of anti-Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq as a noncombat mission.

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In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, Smoke rises above a controlled land mine, which was detonated by Russian experts, in the ancient town of Palmyra in the central Homs province, Syria. Cluster munitions, land mines, and other unexploded ordinances are killing Syria's civil defense volunteers as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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A Syrian army soldier rides his bike on a street in the Palmyra town in the central Homs province, Syria, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian combat engineers arrived in Syria on a mission to clear mines in Palmyra, which has been recaptured from Islamic State militants in an offensive that has proven Russia’s military might in Syria despite a drawdown of its warplanes. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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A Syrian refugee child plays at a playground at the Oncupinar camp for Syrian refugees next to the border crossing with Syria, near the town of Kilis in southeastern Turkey, Thursday, March 17, 2016. European Union leaders will push ahead Thursday with contested plans to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey amid deep divisions over how to manage Europe's biggest refugee emergency in decades. Turkey hosts some 2.7 million people who have fled the five-year conflict in Syria, Turkey's neighbour to the south. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)