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Well, most of that quote is correct, and would answer the question:
"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."
But the "... and ISIS" bit? Actually on that bit the author mixes up
Russia and the US.

On Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 10:11 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism
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> On 8/4/18 8:00 PM, Dennis Brasky via Marxism wrote:
>>
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>>   At one point, his defeat seemed imminent. Now he presides over a ruined
>> country. How did this happen?
>>
>>
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>> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/assad-victory-syria/566522/
>
>
> 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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