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Iran and Russia could use their influence on the Syrian government to find a compromise between the conflicting sides in the civil war in order to unite their forces to fight the militants of the Islamic State, according to experts.

The Islamic State extremist group, which has proclaimed a caliphate on the lands under its control in northern Syria and Iraq, has so far withstood over 6,700 airstrikes by the international coalition formed by US President Barack Obama in September 2014.

Since that time, however, ISIL influence in the region has not waned. The Iraqi cities of Mosul and Ramadi as well as Syria's Raqqah and Palmyra remain under the yoke of radical Islamists. The...

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