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Russia Wends Its Way Toward an Exit in Syria

Oct 6, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
A Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft lands at an airbase in Russia's Krasnodar region as part of Russia's withdrawal of armed forces from Syria.

Despite Russia's apparent advantages in Syria, the flaws in its exit plan are starting to show.

(SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Since it first entered the conflict in 2015, Russia has changed the course of the Syrian civil war. The country managed, along with Iran, to turn the tides of battle back in the Syrian government's favor. And now that it has, it is looking for a way off the battlefield. Moscow doesn't want to be stuck in the Syrian conflict, but neither does it want to lose gains it has made there in solidifying its presence in the country and establishing itself as a critical influence in the region....

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