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Putin begins withdrawal after accomplishing many of his goals in Syria

Putin begins withdrawal after accomplishing many of his goals in Syria

Moscow began withdrawing its warplanes from Syria on Tuesday, a day after President Vladimir Putin ordered most forces home after an almost six-month-long aerial onslaught that helped shift the conflict decisively in favor of the Syrian government.

Although there were mixed views about Putin’s motives, experts generally agreed that Russia had avoided getting bogged down in a military quagmire in Syria while accomplishing significant goals. The campaign reasserted Moscow’s standing as a major international player and solidified the once-tenuous military position of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a Moscow ally.

Moreover, Putin's words were sufficiently vague to allow...

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