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Russia's Syria Withdrawal Could Put Assad on the Outs

Russia's decision to embark on a partial withdrawal from Syria is intended as a sharp rebuke to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has increasingly wavered from Moscow's "script" for the conflict, according to U.S. intelligence officials. Intelligence officials have said for months that Russian President Vladimir Putin was never wedded to the idea of Assad's leadership as a long-term solution in Syria, provided a suitable replacement could be found.  But...

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