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Russia's Airstrikes into Syria from Iran Signal Broader Strategy

By using a base in Iran to carry out airstrikes against militants in Syria, analysts say Russia is not only cutting flight time and saving fuel, but also deepening an alliance with Iran in joint support of the Syrian regime. The move further sends a message to the United States and the West, analysts add, that Russia intends to continue expanding its influence beyond Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. "By strengthening their influence and their role in the Middle...

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