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Russian Parliament Approves Use of Military Force in Syria

Russia's upper house of parliament has approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to deploy military forces abroad in Syria to aid the government of Bashar al-Assad in the fight against Islamic State militants. A government spokesman said on state television that the vote regarded use of the Russian air force in Syria. Russia has been building up its forces in Syria, with bombers, jets and troops arriving in northwest Syria in recent weeks, according to Pentagon...

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