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  • Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria , officials say 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:58 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia's move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran's most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell The Associated Press.

  • Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:36 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

  • The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 1:08 pm

    BEIRUT - The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).

  • Belarus' president says he doesn't want Russian air base story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:07 pm

    MINSK, Belarus - Belarus doesn't want to host a Russian military air base, President Alexander Lukashenko said Tuesday, a statement that highlighted a strain between the two neighbors and allies.

  • Obama rejects Russian approach to ending Syrian war 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war.

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    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

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  • Russia confounds US with Syria military moves story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:04 pm

    NEW YORK - Now, 1,506 days since the Obama administration first declared that Syrian President Bashar Assad's "days are numbered," he's still there, and a convergence of Western trepidation and Russian resolve could strengthen his position further. But it also could set the stage for a long-sought political transition leading to the end of the Assad family's 45-year rule.

  • The Latest: Russia says not invited to strike in Iraq story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:01 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-01-15 1:16 am

    MOSCOW - Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow's role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

  • The Latest: Russia could strike beyond Syria, exec suggests story has photos
    Updated: Sep-30-15 12:37 pm

    MOSCOW - The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local:

  • Syria's Assad welcomes Russian decision on sending troops 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 8:01 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The office of Syrian President Bashar Assad is welcoming Russia's decision to send troops to Syria, saying the military support came at the request of Damascus.

  • Diplomats: US won't negotiate on Russia's UN draft on Syria 
    Updated: Sep-24-15 12:29 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Diplomats said Thursday the United States has refused to negotiate over a draft statement that Russia had hoped the U.N. Security Council would approve to bolster its position on Syria ahead of a major gathering of world leaders.

  • Putin hopes to steal UN show with Syria-focused speech story has photos
    Updated: Sep-24-15 10:54 am

    MOSCOW - With dozens of Russian combat jets and helicopter gunships lined up at an air base in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready for a big-time show at the United Nations General Assembly.

  • US: military talks with Moscow tied to Syria political path 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is still unsure of Russia's military intentions in Syria but intends no further conversations unless Moscow agrees to participate in talks aimed at a political solution to the civil war, Carter's spokesman said Tuesday.

  • Kerry: Russian fighter jets in Syria raise serious questions story has photos
    Updated: Sep-19-15 2:30 pm

    LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Russia's movement of tactical aircraft and surface-to-air missiles to Syria could pose a threat to American and allied forces, and made clear that the U.S. could accept a resolution to the civil war that allows President Bashar Assad to remain in power for an unspecified time.

  • Syrian rebel group claims it attacked base used by Russians 
    Updated: Sep-19-15 12:11 pm

    BEIRUT - A powerful Syrian rebel group has claimed that it fired several rockets at an airport on the coast said to be used by Russian troops.

  • Russian, US military talks: Concerned over Syria 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 4:03 pm

    WASHINGTON - American and Russian military chiefs began talks Friday over Moscow's buildup in Syria, signaling the U.S. is resigned to Russia's emerging plans but anxious to avoid dangerous misunderstandings on the battlefield.

  • Carter speaks by phone with Russian counterpart over Syria 
    Updated: Sep-18-15 10:47 am

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter had a 50-minute conversation with his Russian counterpart over Moscow's military buildup in Syria.

  • Kerry: US looks at Russian offer of military talks on Syria 
    Updated: Sep-16-15 12:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is weighing an offer from Russia to have military-to-military talks and meetings on the situation in Syria.

  • Former Kremlin insider expects 2-year economic downturn 
    Updated: Sep-15-15 10:45 am

    MOSCOW - A close associate of Vladimir Putin, who recently lost his job as Russia's railways chief in a reshuffle seen as a sign of increasing Kremlin infighting, says the nation's economic downturn will last at least two more years amid ongoing Western sanctions.

  • Analysis: Russia gambles in Syria, ramping up involvement story has photos
    Updated: Sep-14-15 3:52 pm

    BEIRUT - In ramping up its military involvement in Syria's civil war, Russia appears to be betting that the West, horrified by the Islamic State group's spread and an escalating migrants crisis, may be willing to quietly tolerate President Bashar Assad for a while, perhaps as part of a transition.

  • Pentagon: Russians apparently setting up air base in Syria 
    Updated: Sep-14-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - Russia is in the midst of a steady military buildup at a Syrian airport, indicating Moscow intends to create an air operations base there, although no fighter jets or helicopters have arrived yet, the Pentagon said Monday.

  • Obama: Assad inviting Russian military into Syria 
    Updated: Sep-11-15 3:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it appears Syrian President Bashar Assad is inviting the Russian military into his country because he's worried about his grip on power.

  • Feds: Texas man admits sending military technology to Russia 
    Updated: Sep-09-15 9:41 pm

    NEW YORK - A Texas man admitted Wednesday in federal court in New York that he acted as a secret agent for the Russian government and headed an operation over about 10 years to export military technology to that country.