U.S. Leaves Russia to Sink in the Syrian Mud

A Syrian victory in Aleppo was and remains crucial, not just for reasons of morale but as a springboard to resuming diplomatic talks. A war of attrition seems more likely.

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A Civil Defense member tries to put out a fire after an airstrike on al-Jalaa Street in the rebel-held city of Idlib, Syria, August 10, 2016.
A Civil Defense member tries to put out a fire after an airstrike on al-Jalaa Street in the rebel-held city of Idlib, Syria, August 10, 2016.Credit: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters