Russian media hailed it as a political victory, al Qaeda a stinging defeat for Moscow, while almost everyone else has been taken by surprise by the Kremlin's announcement Monday it is pulling the bulk of its military out of Syria.

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Russian media hailed it as a political victory, al Qaeda a stinging defeat for Moscow, while almost everyone else has been taken by surprise by the Kremlin's announcement Monday it is pulling the bulk of its military out of Syria.