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Second-guessing Vladimir Putin's Intentions in Syria

Each day brings new reports of heightened Russian military activity in Syria.  For more than four years, Russia has suggested it was open to a political solution to the crisis in Syria, but by expanding military operations there, it has sent a clear signal to the West that dialogue is no longer an option. Russia’s defense minister reassured the United States its actions are "defensive in nature." For the moment, the U.S. has accepted that explanation. Secretary of State...

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