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    Can the Arab World Forget Assad’s Crimes?

    Despite years of support to armed opposition of President Bashar Assad’s regime, regional rivals are quickly adapting to the reality of defeat, OZY writer Umar Lateef Misgar observes. As Assad consolidates power, Middle Eastern neighbors are moving to re-establish ties — overlooking wartime atrocities. Embassies and border crossings are reopening, while Egypt is calling for Damascus’ Arab League reinstatement. Meanwhile, Gulf states want in on lucrative reconstruction projects.

    Could this tilt Middle Eastern power? With Syria and its Iranian ally having grown closer during the war, renewed economic ties with Arab states might reclaim some of Tehran’s influence.

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