Russia today announced the withdrawal of its forces from Syria and Vladimir Putin describes the mission as “semi-complete” in Syria. It is widely thought that Aleppo’s fall has strengthened Mr Assad’s position enough to allow Russia to begin a military exit.
President Vladimir Putin had announced a partial withdrawal in March, but subsequently had redeploy more troops and forces as the fighting intensified.
Fighting in Syria is set to continue, notably in the north-western province of Idlib, where many opposition fighters have been sent from Aleppo and other towns where sieges have been lifted.
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