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Eli Lake

What Kerry Should Do to Divide Iran and Russia

Iran's constitution forbids foreign forces on its soil. Putin's air force is there. That's an opening for tough diplomacy.
Explosive.

Explosive.

Photographer: Ahmed Muhammed Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

For the last year, Secretary of State John Kerry has worked and worked to get Russia to help end Syria's civil war. He has cajoled. He has sniped. He has spent countless hours in meetings and on the phone with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. And he pretty much has nothing to show for it.

This point was driven home Tuesday when Russia announced it had started bombing missions from a base inside Iran.