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The mysterious attacks on Russia’s bases in Syria

Vladimir Putin.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin aboard a plane on his way to the Russian Hmeimim air base. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / TASS via Getty Images

Since New Year’s Eve, Russian bases in Syria have been attacked several times by swarms of armed drones that aren’t visible on radar, the WSJ reports. The greatest attack on Russia’s headquarters in the region comes as Russia is working out a drawback of troops, per The Washington Post.

Why it matters: The attacks suggest Russia’s gains in the region might just be temporary since they show that its presence can still be penetrated despite the fact that Putin has declared victory over enemies, WaPo’s Liz Sly reports.