Putin Officials Said to Admit Real Syria Goal Is Far Broader

  • Russian intervention may last as long as a year, official says
  • Kremlin to back Assad regime's drive to retake key cities

File photo showing Russian MIG-29 jet fighters.

Photographer: Krill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

As Russia’s air war in Syria nears its fourth week, officials now admit that Moscow’s aim is far broader than the publicly announced fight against terrorist groups.

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