Putin’s Victory Lap in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad inspect a military parade at the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia on December 11, 2017.
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Putin’s Victory Lap in Syria

Listen to the Dec. 12, 2017, episode of the Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit to Syria yesterday to visit his ally Bashar Assad and declare victory against the Islamic State. Putin is the first foreign leader to visit Syria in seven years. Russia has two bases in Syria, and there is no sign the Russians will be leaving soon. In October 2015, then United States President Barack Obama told Putin that getting involved in Syria was like entering a “quagmire.” Russia has proved its ability to maneuver through the Middle East to the embarrassment of the U.S. Putin’s victory in Syria is part of a larger trend that sees a weakening and inept America being pushed out of the Middle East. We discuss this and more on today’s Trumpet Daily Radio Show.

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