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Putin's bombs add to reasons why Syria's war is here to stay

BEIRUT - As world powers are drawn deeper into Syria's conflict, the list of reasons why the war won't end anytime soon is only getting longer. The recent flurry of diplomacy has been overshadowed by Russia sending its warplanes to the country to bolster President Bashar Assad's forces after battleground losses. The United States and its allies, who have been bombing Islamic State extremists, denounced the airstrikes after opposition groups they back said they too had been targeted by Russian missiles. The direct involvement of Russia's military further complicates an already tangled civil war. With so many groups and foreign actors vying for dominance, even the...