Analysis: Russia presses air blitz in Syria to dictate peace

February 16, 2016 7:42 AM

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MOSCOW — Moscow joined the fight in Syria to return to relevance in international diplomacy. It has succeeded by anyone’s measure — and Russia hopes to use its air power to dictate the terms of a cease-fire and prospective peace talks.

Russian warplanes have helped the Syrian army make broad advances and close in on the country’s biggest city, Aleppo. Meanwhile, the Western-backed opposition is fractured and weakened.

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