Russia reasserts its muscle

Western policymakers and strategists are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin’s military goals are in Syria — and if he intends to help the Assad regime regain territory lost to opposition forces

Saudis discuss sending troops into Syria

Riyadh weighs setting up safe zone with Turkey and other allies

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In the Middle East, it is the regional players at the forefront, writes Dmitri Trenin
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Russia’s assault on the Syrian city is set to intensify the migrant crisis
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Syrian government forces' tanks drive in...Syrian government forces' tanks drive in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shiite villages, Nubol and Zahraa, and take control of parts of the supply route on February 3, 2016.

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