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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 06:27 PM

The US, Russia, and Iran are edging closer to an all-out clash in Syria

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-conflict-in-syria-could-mutate-into-a-regional-conflagration-2017-6

This weekend, for the fourth time in a month, US-led coalition forces clashed with forces backing the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The incident the downing of a Syrian army jet in northern Syria is another lurch toward what could be a fight that draws powers like Iran as well as the US and Russia into a conflict spanning the region.

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As after those incidents, the US-led coalition said on Sunday:

"The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat ... The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward Coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated."

Despite that sentiment, the US, Iran, and Russia all appear to be edging closer to a deeper conflict in Syria.

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With his administration looking for solutions in Syria, weighing deeper involvement in Afghanistan, poised to deal with the fallout of ISIS' defeat in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, Trump has yet to speak with his commanders in either of the latter two countries.

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