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Leonid Bershidsky

Russian Casualties Would Take a Toll on Assad

Putin's support for the Syrian regime would fade quickly.
It could get ugly.

It could get ugly.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There is a powerful reason President Vladimir Putin won't win Bashar al-Assad's war for him. As with Russia's limited military participation in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Putin doesn't want casualties, because not even his powerful propaganda machine can conceal them.

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