Despite signs of Russia’s Syria buildup, U.S. seemed to be caught flat-footed

October 10, 2015 1:41 AM

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Despite signs of Russia’s Syria buildup, U.S. seemed to be caught flat-footed

Among the first clues that Russia was mobilizing for a military offensive in Syria were requests Moscow began making in ­mid-August for permission to cross other countries’ territory with more and larger aircraft.

“We were getting the word the Russians were asking for inordinate overflights,” a senior Obama administration official said, referring to reports from U.S. allies receiving the requests. Russia was seeking clearance for not only cargo planes but also “fighter aircraft and bombers” that Syrian pilots...

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