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Syria peace deal may be a turning point, but obstacles lie ahead

The US and Russia’s landmark agreement may drastically reduce the violence that has characterised the last five years in war-ravaged Syria, but as Patrick Cockburn writes from Damascus, much still depends on defeating jihadist rebels and pressuring local allies to comply

Fakes flood out of Syria as smugglers fail to steal masterpieces

In the first of a four-part series from Damascus, Patrick Cockburn finds that while much of Syria’s cultural heritage has been saved from being destroyed by Isis, workshops are taking advantage of the civil war to turn out imitations that are sold to the West

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