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    Russia’s Air Campaign No Different From Assad’s
    Oct05

    Russia’s Air Campaign No Different From Assad’s

    For more than a year, Syrian insurgents and civilians in rebellious areas in the war-torn country have been enduring a reign of terror from the skies with President Bashar al-Assad’s aircraft dropping cheaply produced improvised “barrel bombs” on them. Now they’re coming under attack from Russian bombers firing so-called “dumb...

    Syria’s Assad: Middle East Would Collapse if Russian Airstrikes Fail
    Oct04

    Syria’s Assad: Middle East Would Collapse if Russian Airstrikes Fail

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that the whole Middle East would be destroyed if Russia’s aerial bombardment of militants opposed to his regime does not succeed. “The alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else the whole region will be destroyed,” Assad told Iranian state television. But he...

    Russian Jets ‘Intensifying’ Airstrikes in Syria
    Oct04

    Russian Jets ‘Intensifying’ Airstrikes in Syria

    Russia said Sunday its forces continued “intensifying” airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and that the bombings have disrupted the group’s infrastructure and logistical support. A Ministry of Defense statement said Russian warplanes struck 10 Islamic State targets in the previous 24 hours, including training...

    Britain: Only 5 Percent of Russian Airstrikes Targeting IS
    Oct03

    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...

    Tense Paris Meeting Underscores Divide Over Syria
    Oct03

    Tense Paris Meeting Underscores Divide Over Syria

    They shook hands at the Elysee presidential Palace and sipped coffee in the sun, but the tense faces of French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underscore a widening chasm between the West and Moscow over Syria. Talks between the two leaders on the Syrian conflict were not even supposed to be part of the...

    Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note
    Oct03

    Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that he felt “cautious optimism” following talks in Paris with the Russian, French and German leaders on reviving the peace process for eastern Ukraine. Poroshenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a...

    Analysts: Russia Has Ambitions Beyond Helping Assad
    Oct02

    Analysts: Russia Has Ambitions Beyond Helping Assad

    Russia’s move to deepen its involvement in the Syrian conflict may have more to do with a long-term strategy of widening its influence than its stated goal of helping the Assad regime fight militants, say analysts studying the crisis. “The Russians are interested in several things in Syria,” said Christopher Kozak of the Institute for the...

    Syria and Ukraine: Two Fronts in Russia’s War for Influence
    Oct01

    Syria and Ukraine: Two Fronts in Russia’s War for Influence

    Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are in part designed to extract concessions from the West over Ukraine by making Moscow a key player in any attempts by world powers to hammer out a post-conflict settlement in Damascus, some Western officials believe. While the Syrian capital lies 3,000 km (1,800 miles) south of Kyiv, for Russian President...

    Ukraine to Pull Out Small-caliber Weapons From War-torn East
    Oct01

    Ukraine to Pull Out Small-caliber Weapons From War-torn East

    Ukrainian government forces will pull out small-caliber weapons from the war-torn east in two days’ time if the current cease-fire holds, the defense minister said on Thursday. A military conflict between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has been raging since April 2014, leaving more than 8,000 people dead...

    Analysts: Russian Strikes Aimed More at Bolstering Assad
    Oct01

    Analysts: Russian Strikes Aimed More at Bolstering Assad

    Russia dramatically escalated its role in the Syrian conflict with airstrikes Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin described the campaign as the right way to fight international terrorists, by attacking them in territories they occupy. But some Russian analysts suggest the Russian military maneuvers were as much about bolstering Syrian President...

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