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What is Putin’s plan in Syria?

The Kremlin will need a quick result if it is to satisfy the Russian public

By Andrew Wood  

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets out of his car as he prepares to meet French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. © AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

The purpose of Russia’s direct military intervention in Syria is clear and driven by tactical considerations. It is also impractical.

President Putin has made it clear from the outset that he is committed to President Assad’s continued rule in…

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