Long before anyone had heard of Islamic State, Vladimir Putin was keenly following Syria’s descent into anarchy and violence. Bashar al-Assad’s fate means so much to Putin because he sees in it an apocalyptic vision of his own future. Read here how that connection was clear more than three years ago.
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