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The Scorpion's Tale: Did Assad Take Putin for a Ride? - New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon — One admirer of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria compared him to Charles de Gaulle, the French leader stubborn and confident enough to defy a more powerful ally, the United States, even after its decisive help against Nazi Germany ...and more »

Russia, with an eye on US, threatens to bomb Syrian cease-fire violators - Washington Post

MOSCOW — Russia warned on Monday that it was prepared to act unilaterally in Syria against groups that it said were breaking the cease-fire there, injecting a volatile new element into a conflict that has been calmer in recent weeks. Russia's Defense ...and more »

Did Russia Win in Syria? - The National Interest Online

That the Russian bombing campaign in Syria continues is a subtle acknowledgment that its military objectives have yet to be achieved. While it is clear that Russian intervention helped turn the tides of war in the Assad regime's favor, it is also ...and more »

There may be a lot of reasons Putin changed Russia's Syria policy, but showing up Obama is probably not one of them - Washington Post

In the Thunderdome of political narcissism that is the U.S. presidential election, it is perhaps unsurprising that the first question pundits asked when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russia's withdrawal from Syria was: Did Obama just get ...and more »

Russia's Pyrrhic Victory in Syria - Foreign Affairs

Vladimir Putin is clearly full of surprises. With great fanfare, Russia has begun at least a partial pullout from Syria. Back at their Russian bases, some of the pilots have been treated to welcome home fanfares with big bands and bunting. Putin has ...and more »

Russia Slams US For Delay In Syria Truce Enforcement, Warns It Will Respond To Ceasefire Violators - International Business Times

Syria conflict In this photo, a Kurdish Syrian woman walks with her child past the ruins of the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, Syria, March 25, 2015. Photo: Getty Images/YASIN AKGUL/AFP. Russia slammed the United States Monday for delaying ...and more »

Not Coming Home: What Russian Hardware Stays in Syria After Pullout and Why - Sputnik International

Nearly 20 Russian combat aircraft, an air defense system and some 2,000 personnel will stay at Hmeymim airbase in Syria. According to experts, the task force has several goals – fighting terrorism, supporting President Bashar Assad, and control over ...and more »

Russia Steps Up War Rhetoric in Syria - U.S. News & World Report

Russian Su-34 bombers and a Tupolev Tu-154 transport plane return from the Hmeimim airbase in Syria on March 15, 2016, to their permanent bases in Russia. STR/AFP/Getty Images. A week after President Vladimir Putin declared Russia's military operations ...and more »

Syria conflict: Russia warns US over truce violations - BBC News

Russia says it will unilaterally start using force against those violating the partial truce in Syria, if the US does not agree to joint rules by Tuesday. A Russian general said delays in agreeing the rules were "unacceptable" and proposed holding an ...and more »

Russia's withdrawal from Syria, new corruption scandal, and plane crash in Rostov-on-Don - Russia Direct

Russian media roundup: Russia's military exit from Syria, an event that was completely unexpected even for veteran Kremlin watchers, was the primary focus of the Russian media during the week. Russian pilot gets into a cockpit of a Su-25 ground attack ...and more »