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Russia pulls out of Syria, leaving Assad ‘naked’



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Russian President, Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian ground forces to pull out of war-torn Syria, but has not given details of the move.
Russia has pulled most of its diplomatic and military assets out of Syria as the ruling Bashir Assad regime approaches the brink of collapse, YNet reported on Sunday.
According to the report, Russia “has evacuated 100 of its senior officials and their families from Syria,” including “experts who worked in the war room in Damascus.”
Russia has been a key ally of the Assad regime, providing military and economic aid, and protecting it from diplomatic fallout.
The Russian pullout is thus a massive blow to the regime, which has suffered major military setbacks in recent weeks at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS.
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Even more telling is the fact that officials from Assad’s other key allies, Iran and Hezbollah, pulled out along with the Russians. This leaves the regime essentially isolated, and may be an indication that Iran and Russia have now resigned themselves to Assad’s defeat.
Another indication of this is that Russia has apparently reached out to the U.S. in search of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
According to YNet, Russia and the U.S. are engaged in a “serious dialogue” on the subject, and Russia is now willing to discuss with the Americans the exact details of a transition period for the country, and even raise the names of individual military and political officials to oversee it.

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