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On 8/4/18 8:00 PM, Dennis Brasky via Marxism wrote:

  At one point, his defeat seemed imminent. Now he presides over a ruined
country. How did this happen?


Well, embedded deep in the article is this: "Russia also offered arms early on, and intervened directly with its air force in 2015, when Assad looked vulnerable. This is what ultimately turned the tide, allowing Assad to retake key regions from the rebels and ISIS."

You could throw away the rest of the article and still have the question "how did this happen" answered.
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