Major powers take the reins in Syria as Turkey joins battle for control of its border

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After capturing the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State, Syrian rebel fighters sat awaiting instructions from their Turkish commander. None of them quite knew where they were heading next.

“We were told there would be multiple stages in the offensive, but we do not know where we will go now,” said one, speaking from the abandoned town.

“To bring peace and stability in Syria, no one party must believe itself strong enough to win and all must have something to negotiate with,” said Kyle Orton, an analyst at the Henry Jackson Society think tank. “Turkey’s intervention has brought that situation closer to reality.”

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