ISTANBUL — Russia’s military expansion into Syria has thrown three years of U.S. policy planning about Syria into disarray, derailing calculations and assumptions about ways to resolve the country’s war that may never have worked but now almost certainly won’t.
Exactly what Russia intends with its thus far limited deployment of troops, tanks and potentially aircraft is difficult to discern, according to military analysts and U.S. officials who say they were not consulted on the Russian moves and were caught off guard by the intervention.
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