Putin’s Syria surprise master stroke

When Russian president Vladimir Putin began withdrawing forces from Syria, everyone was surprised–again. That’s the way of the world now. Discussing this a few minutes ago with host P. J. Maloney on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh, I said the bold move leaves Russia in a new, strong position in the Mideast, exposes the mistakes of the US and the West, and it might even hold out some hope for the Geneva peace talks and for the millions of refugees inside and outside Syria.

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