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Russian Tanks, Iranian-trained Militias Headed to Syria

Russia is adding to its barrage on rebel forces in Syria, sending in more firepower in the form of an additional Russian battalion armed with advanced tanks and artillery while punching ahead on the ground in central and western parts of the country with an Iranian-trained force that could number 10,000 or more. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of the ground campaign Wednesday, saying the Syrian army began an offensive “with our fire support,” including...

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