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When Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria, Russian officials said it would be a short-term air operation. Since then, things have gotten messier. In his state of the nation speech Thursday, President Putin reminded Russians that it took nearly a decade to crush terrorists who staged attacks around Russia in the 1990s. He cast the fight in Syria in similar terms. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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With Few Signs Of Progress, Russia's Putin Warns Of Long Fight In Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives on day two of the G-20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya. Ozan Kose /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken Discusses Russia And Syria

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Egyptian military vehicles approach the wreckage of a Russian passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 1 after it crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula. Maxim Grigoriev/AP hide caption

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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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. Assad was in Moscow, in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011, to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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The Russian leader, shown here as "Vladimir Vladimirovich Buddha," was depicted as various pop culture heroes and religious, mythical and historical figures at a Moscow exhibition on Wednesday, his 63rd birthday. MAXIM SHIPENKOV/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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In Honor Of His 63rd, Putin Plays Hockey And Is Painted As The Buddha

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President Obama and Vladimir Putin met for 90 minutes after the Russian president's Monday speech at the United Nations. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Putin, Obama Meet On Syria, But Sharp Disagreements Remain

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The Smart Watch That Looks Best Paired With A 'Borrowed' Super Bowl Ring

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday with Italian officials and Pope Francis, as the U.S. sought to encourage the Vatican to join the West in condemning Moscow's actions in Ukraine. Luca Bruno/AP hide caption

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