How Russia Will Play a U.S. Syria Withdrawal

| Steven Hall
Steven L. Hall
Former Member, CIA's Senior Intelligence Service

Russian President Vladimir Putin is publicly welcoming President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.  In a press conference on Thursday, Putin said that “The fact that the U.S. has decided to withdraw troops is right,” adding “we have dealt serious blows against ISIS in Syria.”

Putin’s comments almost exactly mirror the Russian playbook, as laid out by Cipher Brief Expert Steve Hall, a former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and part of The Cipher Brief’s Moscow Station team.

The Cipher Brief spoke with Hall about what Russia stands to gain by the announced withdrawal and how they could potentially build on what is seen as a win for Russia.

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The Author is Steven L. Hall

Steven L. Hall retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2015 after 30 years of running and managing intelligence operations in Eurasia and Latin America.  Mr. Hall finished his career as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service, the small cadre of officers who are the senior-most leaders of the CIA's Clandestine Service.  Most of Mr. Hall's career was spent abroad, overseeing intelligence operations in the countries of the former Soviet Union and the former Warsaw Pact.  As an... Read More

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