Russia's air war in Syria a game-changer for US: experts
Two 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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4 October, 2015 Assad says Russian failure in Syria would 'destroy' Mideast Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in comments broadcast on Sunday that the success of Russia's military intervention in his country's civil war was vital for the whole Middle East. "The alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else the whole region will be […]
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