Analysis: Russia takes gamble in Syria, ramping up military involvement in civil war

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Analysis: Russia takes gamble in Syria, ramping up military involvement in civil war

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012, file photo, pro-Syrian government protesters gather under a large Russian flag made with balloons as they cheer a convoy believed to be transporting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Damascus, Syria. In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's atrocities, may be willing to tolerate Syrian President Bashar Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks in Damascus, Syria. In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by Islamic State's ...

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