Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence

April 3, 2014 2:57 AM

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Putin defies Obama in Syria as arms flow fuels Assad resurgence

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemned by NATO for annexing Crimea, is now defying the US in Syria by sending more and deadlier arms to help Bashar al-Assad score a string of advances against insurgents, military experts say.

Dr Assad's army, seeking to end a three-year civil war that has killed 150,000 people and displaced 9 million, started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for the first time in February, according to Jane's Defence Weekly and Stratfor, a US geopolitical research company.

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