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Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Iran deal forces political solution in Syria

The nuclear deal with Iran changes the balance of power in the Middle East in a way that could benefit the Syrian regime, the liberal paper Hürriyet Daily News contends: "It is not for nothing that Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Iran deal, saying it would also contribute to combating terrorism in the Middle East, which means fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Nusra. It is also significant that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdoğan's nemesis, should have welcomed the Iran deal, knowing that this will enhance Tehran's position in its support of the Syrian regime and increase the pressure for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, which is what Washington and Moscow also want. If Ankara still believes a military solution to the crisis is possible, this deal probably put the last nail into that coffin."

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