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  • Russia launches new wave of air raids in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 1:16 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Russian warplanes have attacked the Islamic State group and other insurgents in central and northern Syria with a wave of new airstrikes, Syrian and Russian military officials said Saturday as an activist group said Russia's air raids have killed 39 civilians over the three past days.

  • Obama criticizes Russia on Syria, defends his own strategy story has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 3:10 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vehemently rejecting Russia's military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissing the idea that Moscow is strengthening its hand in the region. He vows not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia "proxy war."

  • The Latest: Hollande: Only 1 of Russia's raids hit IS story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 3:03 pm

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

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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.

  • Saudi minister: There's a military option to oust Assad 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 11:29 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Tuesday there is a military option in Syria that will end with the removal of President Bashar Assad if the preferred political option does not lead to his departure.

  • Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-29-15 8:10 am

    NEW YORK - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.

  • Israel strikes Syria after rocket fire 
    Updated: Sep-27-15 3:41 pm

    JERUSALEM - The Israeli military said Sunday it struck two Syrian army posts with artillery fire after rockets from the war-torn country landed in Israeli-controlled territory.

  • 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.

  • Report: Satellite pics suggest Russia readying Syria buildup 
    Updated: Sep-22-15 5:06 pm

    GENEVA - A leading defense research group has distributed what it says is satellite imagery that suggests Syria may be preparing to receive Russian forces.

  • 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.

  • Putin seeks to assuage Israel's fears of Syrian aggression story has photos
    Updated: Sep-21-15 12:57 pm

    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to assuage Israel's fears of potential Iranian and Syrian aggression, during talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that also addressed concerns over Russia's military buildup in Syria.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Turkey renews permit for military operations in Syria, Iraq 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:40 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's parliament has voted to renew by another year a mandate allowing the military to conduct operations in Syria and Iraq.