Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad during Tuesday's meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. RIA Novosti/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Syria's Assad Visits Moscow To Discuss Military Plans With Putin

The trip was kept secret until after Tuesday's meeting — and after President Bashar Assad had safely returned home.

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A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A rebel fighter raises his weapon after firing a missile Sunday toward Syrian government troops in the northern city of Aleppo. Syria's largest city has been the scene of heavy fighting for the past three months. Both sides control part of the city, and the fight has been a stalemate recently. Narciso Contreras/AP hide caption

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