No sign of Obama’s predicted ‘quagmire’ as Russia’s engagement in Syria escalates

September 30, 2016 10:10 PM

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No sign of Obama’s predicted ‘quagmire’ as Russia’s engagement in Syria escalates

BEIRUT — In the year since Russia began conducting airstrikes in support of the Syrian government, the intervention has worked to secure two of the most important Russian objectives.

No longer is President Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power in Damascus seriously challenged by the five-year-old rebellion against his rule. Russia’s role as a regional and global power, a vital player in any effort to resolve the Syrian war, has also been assured.

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