Russia’s intervention in Syria is tilting the ground battle in favor of President Bashar al-Assad and his government forces so much so that a negotiated settlement to the war, which the U.S. was hoping to broker, now looks highly unlikely.

After 3½ months of airstrikes mostly targeting the Western-backed opposition to Assad’s rule, Assad and his allies now seem convinced they can win back enough of the territory and the authority that they had lost to maintain control of Syria, despite more than 5 years of revolt to his rule.

Read more at The Washington Post


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