As U.S. Pulls Out of Syria, Russian Forces Swoop In

from The Wall Street Journal,

American withdrawal has created an opening for Moscow to showcase its expanding clout in the region.

Once partners with the U.S. in the campaign against Islamic State, Kurdish fighters have sought to shield themselves from a week-old Turkish offensive by striking an alliance with Russia and Iranian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The details of the agreement aren’t clear, but Syrian military convoys have begun moving into position across the northeast of the country, where the army had only a token presence since the start of the civil war.

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