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What Motivated Moscow's Announced Syria Withdrawal?

In announcing a partial draw down of Russian forces from Syria this week, President Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia's nearly 6-month military campaign had largely achieved its goals.  The Russian leader pointed to the deployment of a new generation of Russian weaponry in Syria that, in Putin's words, "managed to fundamentally alter the situation in the battle against international terrorism." Putin also insisted Russian intervention in the Syrian conflict had...

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