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Putin Jumps on Trump’s Syria Pivot to Strengthen Hand in Mideast

CORRECTION - A picture taken on December 5, 2016 shows destroyed buildings in Aleppo's eastern al-Shaar neighbourhood as Syrian pro-government troops advance towards the area through Karm al-Jabal district during their offensive to retake Syria's second city.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the advances of the Syrian and allied forces left the large Shaar neighbourhood encircled by government forces and in danger of falling from rebel control. With the capture of Shaar, the army would hold 70 percent of east Aleppo, four years after rebels first seized it. / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by GEORGE OURFALIAN has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [al-Shaar] instead of [Karm al-Jabal]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Mideast Conflict

Mideast Conflict