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FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, a man passes a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic that reads, “Congratulations victory,” while crossing the border into Syria at the newly opened crossing between the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria’s Boukamal, Syria. Assad has snapped up a prize from world powers that have been maneuvering in his country’s multifront wars. Without firing a shot, his forces are returning to towns and villages in northeastern Syria where they haven’t set foot for years. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)