File - This May 18, 2017 file photo, residents walk through rubble with damaged electricity lines at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
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At a news conference announcing the end of yet another fruitless round of peace talks in Geneva last week, the U.N. envoy for Syria held up a color-coded map showing the divisions of territorial control in the war-torn country.Assad will not voluntarily step aside and will likely stay on at least until 2021, when his current second presidential term ends.It may have shifted to a more stable and less violent phase, but the Syrian conflict is likely to bleed through 2018 and beyond, as prospects for new conflicts loom large.Even though the fight against Daesh has almost concluded, the U.S. has signaled it will keep troops in Syria until an overall peace settlement is reached.Putin's victory lap in Syria also demonstrated his status as the real victor who calls the shots when it comes to Syria.As long as Assad is in power, the West is unlikely to fund Syria's reconstruction.
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