Russians in Syria: mission (actually) accomplished

An elegant diplomatic operation backed by a precise and effective military strategy.

UN Photo: Mark Garten
Absorbed in thought, Vladimir Putin makes his way through the UN corridors to address the General Assembly in September 2015.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 03/23/2016 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 03/23/2016 12:00 am EDT

He wasn’t standing on an aircraft carrier with a banner saying “Mission Accomplished” behind him, but Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was a lot more credible than former United States president George W. Bush when he declared his country’s military intervention in the Middle East a success. And most of the Russian forces in Syria are going home after only five months, not the eight years that American troops stayed in Iraq.

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