Russia's air war in Syria a game-changer for US: experts

A rebel fighter stands in a building overlooking the damage from fighting in the city of Aleppo on December 16, 2013Two weeks into Russia’s air war in Syria, some observers say the narrow scope of the US-led mission in Syria — to conduct drone and plane strikes against Islamic State jihadists — needs an urgent rethink. The Pentagon insists Moscow’s bombing campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad will not alter the US-coalition’s own military mission in the devastated nation. Patrick Skinner, director of special projects for The Soufan Group intelligence consultancy, said it is a game-changer.

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