Russia seeks victory over the West in Syria campaign

October 12, 2015 5:31 AM

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Cruise missiles fired from warships, the latest jets pounding far-off targets: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s show of strength in Syria looks aimed at proving that a resurgent Moscow can rival the West, analysts said.

Since late September Russia has flexed its muscles in a bombing campaign across the war-torn country that has put a US-led coalition in the shade and angered Washington and its allies.

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