Russian airstrikes in Syria leave U.S. scrambling for response

September 30, 2015 11:42 PM

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Russian airstrikes in Syria leave U.S. scrambling for response

Washington (CNN)Russia's power play in Syria left the Obama administration scrambling Wednesday, with the U.S. sending mixed messages on Moscow's uncoordinated airstrikes in the civil war-torn nation.

The White House downplayed Russia's decision to launch the strikes without coordinating with the United States, and the State Department said ahead of the strikes that Russian involvement in Syria could be an opportunity. But the Pentagon slammed the move and suggested Moscow's backing for close all...

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