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October 7, 2015 2:42 PM Putin rehashes Ukraine rhetoric on Syria, but Nazi comparisons fail to convince

It took only one sitting for Russia’s upper house of parliament to fall into line, and approve Russian military action in Syria — just like it had done a year before in the Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church was equally quick to declare President Vladimir Putin’s fight against “terrorism” in Syria “holy,” adding spiritual to governmental blessing of Putin’s 47 9

October 6, 2015 7:18 AM Syria's skies crowded with multiple air forces

Robert Burns, Ap National Security Writer In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded, and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes 69

October 5, 2015 12:05 AM Assad says no peace settlement until war against terrorists is won

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that there can be no reforms in Syria until “terrorism” has been vanquished, dampening speculation that Russia’s military intervention might herald a swift settlement to the four-year-old conflict. Speaking in an interview with Iran’s Khabar television station, Assad also ruled out negotiations with the Western-backed 55

October 4, 2015 6:04 PM Assad says Russia campaign must succeed in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad said the air campaign by Russia against "terrorists" in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed. (AP) DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's President Bashar Assad said in comments Sunday that the air campaign by Russia against "terrorists" in his country must succeed or the whole region will be destroyed, stressing 43

October 4, 2015 5:13 PM Russia's Airstrikes in Syria Are Playing Well at Home

MOSCOW — Whatever effect Russia's airstrikes are having on the ground in Syria, their impact at home is clear: They prove to Russians that their country is showing up the United States and reclaiming its rightful place as a global power. So far, Russia's intervention in Syria has served President Vladimir Putin's goals. The potential danger, military 48

October 4, 2015 10:46 AM What does Russia want in Syria?

Russia's airstrikes against Syrian rebels last week came as a surprise to many Americans — including, it seems, many in the Obama administration. They shouldn't have. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aides have been bolstering their support of Syria's president, Bashar Assad, for months — visibly, with troops and aircraft, and volubly as well. The Russians 49

October 3, 2015 11:28 AM Obama warns Russia's Putin of 'quagmire' in Syria

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a "quagmire," after a third straight day of air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad. At a White House news conference, Obama frequently assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he accused of acting 52

October 3, 2015 10:01 AM 8 key players in the war in Syria and whom they are fighting

Here are some of the main foreign players and whom they are fighting. The United States is leading an international coalition that has conducted hundreds of airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and neighboring Iraq since last year. The U.S. has also provided limited support, including weapons, training and special forces assistance, to some of the more moderate 54

October 3, 2015 9:09 AM Britain: Only 5 Percent of Russian Airstrikes Targeting IS

Only 5 percent of Russia's airstrikes in Syria have targeted Islamic State extremists, Britain's defense chief said Saturday, as Moscow's four-day-old aerial bombing campaign continues despite Western concerns. In an interview with the Sun newspaper, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said most of the Russian bombs have instead targeted other Syrian 72 13

October 3, 2015 1:37 AM Syria, the Times and the Mystery of the "Moderate Rebels"

After a two-year absence from the international stage -- during which the mainstream media dispatched them to the realm of nonexistent entities -- on October 1 the "moderate rebels" of Syria were back. The New York Times said so. Russian attacks were targeting moderates rather than ISIS, a man with a camera was quoted saying; and the Times story by Anne Barnard 42