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Any new push by the international community to stop the killing is likely to remain on hold until the new U.N. chief envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, gets his feet on the ground and — more importantly — until the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other prominent Republicans have called for arming Syrian rebels, a step critics fear would only escalate the violence without necessarily bringing a quick end to a more than 17-month conflict that activists say has killed more than 20,000 people.

In the meantime, countries in the region — Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Iraq — will be scrambling to contain the violence and keep the conflict from spilling across their borders.

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