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Background: Syria, Russia, and the United States

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Background: Syria, Russia, and the United States

[Related: A Brief History of Syria’s Civil War @ Vox:  Text, Video] Russia started airstrikes in Syria on September 30th, with the stated purpose of degrading ISIS (video-ISIS background).  These airstrikes are in addition to the airstrikes that the US has been conducting for over a year. And they substantially exceed the number of US strikes — Russia is launching as many strikes in a day as the US does