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Russia Steps Up Syrian Airstrikes Against Assad Foes

Russia said Saturday that it had stepped up airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, in support of Syrian troops who have seized two villages north of Hama since late Friday. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, speaking to Russian reporters, linked the rising number of strikes to "significant growth in the number of ground targets" detected through aerial and satellite reconnaissance. In Washington, top U.S. defense officials held a secure video...

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