Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Surprise Pullout by Russia from Syria Naval Base

Moscow Abandons Tartus 

Russia's sudden withdrawal from its naval installation at the port of Tartus is significant.

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On the one hand, the pullout seems statesmanlike--aimed at avoiding a potentially catastrophic clash with the United States or NATO or Israel. On the other hand, the withdrawal could signal an assumption that the Syrian civil war is about to blow up--regionally.