Middle East

What Maps Say About Russia's Syria Aims

Putin's targets reflect Assad's priorities.

The damage in Homs.

Photographer: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images

Russia vehemently denies that its forces in Syria are bombing any group other than the so-called Islamic State. Western news organizations have countered that assertion with maps showing where different groups have control and the locations of Russian airstrikes. Russian media, too, have drawn some maps. No two maps are exactly alike, and many bear no resemblance to one another.

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