Analysis Russian Strategy in Aleppo: Delay Diplomacy, Let Shi'ite Militias Finish the Job

Assad won't win the city by Russian airpower alone, but he stands a chance with Iranian-backed militias fresh from the battle for Mosul.

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“Our Western colleagues need to decide whether they’re fighting terrorists or Russia,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said this week during a meeting with senior Russian officers.