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Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey tussle over Syria, oil prices

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A man inspects a damaged site from what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in Nawa city, Deraa, Syria, Nov. 21.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran have intensified diplomatic maneuvering over the ongoing Syrian conflict and crude oil prices.

     Turkey's recent shooting down of a Russian military airplane has further complicated the situation surrounding the Syrian civil war, underscoring how difficult it is for major powers to form a united front against the Islamic State group.

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