Making Sense of the Russian Withdrawal: A Tactical Assessment

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Just as its decision to intervene, Russia’s decision to withdraw from Syria has come abruptly. What Moscow means by the withdrawing the “main part” of its troops in Syria, and what the implications of this will be on the Syrian civil war and the future of NATO’s southern flank have thus emerged as burning questions. Seeking to answer these questions, EDAM’s latest discussion paper analyzes the military nature of what Russia has thus far withdrawn and kept, and what this could mean for the military and political context of the Syrian civil war.

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