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Analysts: Russia Moves in Syria, Iraq, Upending US Role

With just two moves, Russia may have upended the U.S. role in the Middle East. Working with its allies in Tehran and Damascus, Moscow first moved 28 attack and transport aircraft and enough housing for 2,000 troops to Latakia, Syria. Then Moscow set up a security and intelligence-sharing cell in Baghdad, Iraq, also in coordination with Iran and Syria, to fight Islamic State group (IS) extremists. The result is that Russia has created a new Moscow-Tehran-Damascus axis of power in the...

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