Can Russia and the United States Cooperate in Syria?

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A year ago at the United Nations, President Putin called for the creation of a grand anti-terrorism coalition to defeat extremist forces wreaking havoc in Syria and inspiring terrorist acts elsewhere in the world. Shortly before, Russia had caught the world by surprise by deploying an expeditionary force to that country in support of the Assad regime against a burgeoning rebellion, in which terrorist groups such as ISIS and Jabhat al-Nursa, recently rebranded as Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (after having severed, it claims, its ties to al-Qaida) figured prominently. Putin met with President Obama at the United Nations to discuss possible cooperation against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.