Putin's Syrian War Gamble Stokes Fears About His Real Goals

October 1, 2015 5:49 AM

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Putin's Syrian War Gamble Stokes Fears About His Real Goals

Russia President Vladimir Putin’s airstrikesinside Syria are forcing the world to confront his latest military adventure, against a backdrop of deep distrust over whether defeating the Islamic State is his only goal.

While the U.S. and its allies want to see the extremists crushed, Putin’s actions -- the U.S. said he bombed an area where the terror group doesn’t operate -- fueled fears that he just wants to prop up ally President Bashar al-Assad, who Western leaders say should step aside. It also raises the odds...

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