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Russia's Actions Indicate Long-term Commitment in Syria

Twenty-eight civilians, including women and children, were killed Wednesday in Russian airstrikes in Syria, an opposition monitoring group claimed. The airstrikes, which are Russia’s first military action outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979, appear to be the start of a long-haul commitment by the Kremlin to shore up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian officials dismissed claims civilians were killed Wednesday in the 20 sorties...

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