Russia signed signed an agreement Friday giving it a much greater ability to deploy military forces in Syria for at least the next HALF-CENTURY, per the NYT.The winner: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his people during the six-year war to hold power.Elsewhere:
- More from the NYT: "As the clock wound down on Barack Obama's presidency, an Air Force B-52 bomber carried out a punishing airstrike against a training camp of al Qaeda in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday. The attack, which took place west of Aleppo, killed more than 100 fighters."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May, the first leader Trump mentioned in our interview when asked about his top allies, told the Financial Times she would be very frank about the need for a strong NATO and EU. Trump has very critical of both institutions.