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Syria: Is there a Russian-Iranian Dispute over Fate of al-Assad?

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Russia and Iran don’t see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad after their military intervention in the civil…

Russia ‘Reshuffles’ US Cards in Syrian Conflict

According to a US political expert, Russia has changed the balance of power in Syria, making it more difficult for the US to take any action to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian jets hit Syrian rebels, Moscow says Islamic State targeted

MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian jets hit Islamic State targets and other rebel groups in Syria on Saturday, on a fourth day of air strikes by Moscow in support of President Bashar al-Assad which have dramatically escalated foreign intervention in Syria.

Obama: Russia will get bogged down in Syria

At a White House press conference Friday, President Obama called out Vladimir Putin for bombing rebels and civilians in Syria to prop up the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad

Obama: Russia action in Syria is 'recipe for disaster'

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President Obama warned that Russia's military engagement in Syria in support of strongman Bashar al-Assad is a "recipe for disaster," though Washington could still work with Moscow on reducing tensions. Russian President Vladimir Putin...Show More Summary

Presenting A First-Hand Look Inside Russia's Forward Operating Base In Syria

When the first reports began to trickle in regarding a possible Russian military buildup at Bashar al-Assad’s seaside stronghold at Latakia, the scramble to “prove” that forces from Moscow had indeed arrived in Syria led directly to a string of conflicting reports and grainy satellite images purporting to detail the scope of Russia’s involvement. Show More Summary

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it. The path to peace exists. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad would step down, an interim government...Show More Summary

Air, ‘Air Raid': The Week In One Song

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders airstrikes  in Syria in support of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Here’s “Air Raid” by Air — not the current French electronic duo, but the Chicago free-jazz trio of the 1970s. This track comes from their second album (of the same name), which was originally released in 1976.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria Hit Targets in ISIS-Controlled Area

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The United States and other nations that back groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad had accused Moscow of targeting almost every opposition group but the Islamic State.

Analysis: Russia hitting all of Assad’s opponents

Syrian rebels who oppose both the regime and the Islamic State group have been hit hardest by Russian air strikes, showing Moscow’s determination to defend President Bashar al-Assad against all enemies, analysts say. More than four years into Syria’s devastating war, Russian warplanes began air strikes there on Wednesday, saying they were targeting IS jihadists […]

Vladimir Putin Plunges Into a Caldron: Saving Assad

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Mr. Putin can achieve short-term goals, but analysts say efforts to restore President Bashar al-Assad’s control to all of Syria will be hindered by the civil war’s grim realities.

Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

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Bloomberg: Russian Strikes in Syria Draw Ire From Anti-Assad Opposition. (video) Russia pledged to strike targets in Syria as long as Bashar al-Assad’s government continues advancing against rebels, drawing criticism from Syria’s main opposition group, which accused President Vladimir Putin of propping up his embattled ally. Show More Summary

Nouns and the Syrian War

Nouns, by definition, define. The best noun to define the Syrian war is “conundrum.” Consider this: The United States opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his military actions (tens of thousands of Syrians killed and countless thousands more flooding Europe seeking asylum). We also oppose ISIS for its brutalities across the Middle [...]

ISIL and Nazi Germany: Try to Find Ten Differences (and There Are None)

On September 30, Russia conducted its first airstrikes against ISIL, one of the most notorious and violent terrorist organization in the modern world. The Russian offensive was required by the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and will be in coordination with Western and regional powers.

Russian Airstrikes Hit CIA-Backed Rebels in Syria as Putin Helps US Opponent Bashar al-Assad

Russia began its airstrike operations in war-torn Syria Wednesday, but has reportedly been targeting U.S.-backed rebels who are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, instead of focusing on the Islamic State terror group.

Putin wants to humiliate Obama with airstrikes in Syria

So let’s help them. Here are Putin’s clear strategic goals: In the short term, rescue the failing regime of Russia’s ally, Syria’s blood-drenched President Bashar al-Assad. And in doing so, eliminate all opposition groups except ISIS, leaving the United States, … Continued

Russian air strikes reveal bankruptcy of US policy in Syria

Just what Syria needed – another military actor on the battlefield. After a three-week military buildup of about 30 warplanes in the northwestern coastal city of Lattakia in Syria, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ally Russia began...Show More Summary

Russia’s military involvement in Syria, Analysis

Russia on Wednesday launched its first air strikes in Syria, in what it said was an operation to defeat Islamic State jihadists. But the West is skeptical and says Moscow is helping out its old ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. How big is the Russian force in Syria? The Russians currently have at least 32 […]

Abuses and massacres blamed on the Syrian regime

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, against which France has launched an inquiry for alleged crimes against humanity, has been accused of a string of rights violations since Syria’s conflict erupted in 2011. - Repression of peaceful demonstrations - – March 6, 2011: In the southern city of Daraa, later to be known as the cradle of […]

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