Russia Begins Bombing Anti-Assad Syrian Forces

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Been Vocal in his Support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Russian has begun airstrikes on three provinces of Syria, all of which are controlled by rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad government.  The US-led coalition in Syria has backed those rebels, one group of which was given US missiles.  36 civilians were killed in the airstrikes.

Secretary of State John Kerry said “de-confliction” talks would be held “as soon as possible” as the relationship between the US and Russia continues to strain.  Russia only gave the US hours of notice before the airstrikes.

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