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US: Russian Boost in Syrian Support Would Intensify Conflict

The Pentagon said Tuesday that any additional Russian support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be "fanning the flames" of the war in Syria. Moves to enhance the military capabilities of the Assad government would be "counterproductive" to diplomatic efforts to end the bloody civil war, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said. "For Russia to play a constructive role in this [fight against Islamic State], there has to be a political component that needs...

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