Putin's Shock Plan to Pull Troops From Syria Puts Pressure on Assad

March 15, 2016 6:36 AM

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Putin's Shock Plan to Pull Troops From Syria Puts Pressure on Assad

Russia said it will start withdrawing forces from Syria in a surprise move that puts pressure on its ally President Bashar Al-Assad, as well as opposition groups, to reach a deal at the peace talks that got under way hours earlier in Geneva.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military intervention last year in support of Assad turned the tide in Syria’s five-year civil war, said the partial pullout should begin on Tuesday. A Russian air base and a naval facility will continue to function, he said in Moscow. Assad didn’t request the...

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