Northern Syria power gap: Russia looks to fill void in region

With joint Russian and Turkish patrols now under way it remains to be seen whether the 2 countries will be able to prevent further escalation in northeast Syria.

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    After the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria last month, Russia filled the void and firmed up its position as a powerbroker in the region.

    Moscow is running joint patrols to separate warring factions and is working in tandem with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    But, analysts stress, Russia may not know what their end game is in the Middle East.

    Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Moscow.


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