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Putin's victory? Russia's role in recapturing Aleppo

Syrian pro-government forces patrol the Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood in Aleppo's Old City, after taking control of the area from rebelsWhen Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the Kremlin’s bombing campaign in Syria last year to back up leader Bashar al-Assad, the regime’s forces were being pushed back. Now Damascus is celebrating its biggest victory in over five years of war after recapturing control of the rebel bastion in the east of the city and dealing a hammer blow to those looking to oust Assad. Russian warplanes played a central role in bludgeoning rebel-held parts of Aleppo towards defeat with a brutal campaign that stirred memories of Putin’s destruction of the Chechen capital Grozny in 1999-2000.

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