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  • A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion takes up a position behind sandbags piled up on the frontline against the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh - RTX1M0D7
    October 2, 2015  

    As Russia launched more airstrikes in Syria, President Obama announced that the U.S. would not use the Syrian conflict as a superpower proxy war. Overnight, the U.S.-led coalition demanded that Russia stop targeting groups other than the Islamic State. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports that fighters with the Free Syrian Army say they are being attacked. Continue reading

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2015. Putin said on Wednesday the only way to fight terrorists in Syria was to act preemptively, saying Russia's military involvement in the Middle East would only involve its air force and only be temporary. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS2FBB
    September 30, 2015  

    Hours after the Russian parliament authorized military action in Syria, aircraft bombed a number of sites in Syria. But exactly what the Russians hit — and why — remain unclear. Moscow reported attacking Islamic State targets, but the Free Syrian Army — a Western-backed faction that opposes the Assad regime — charged their forces were hit. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders.  (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
    September 29, 2015  

    How will Russian intervention affect the Syrian war, and what are President Vladimir Putin’s true motivations in sending in military aid? Judy Woodruff gets two views from Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Nikolas Gvosdev of the U.S. Naval War College. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1SY8V
    September 28, 2015  

    President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out starkly different visions of Syria’s future at the United Nations. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff from the United Nations to discuss the disagreement between the two leaders, as well as the news that Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria will share intelligence on the Islamic State. Continue reading

  • ORENBURG, RUSSIA- SEPTEMBER 19: Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to officers as he is visiting the Center -2015 Military Drills at Donguzsky Range in Orenburg, Russia, September,19,2015. Putin said this week that it's impossible to defeat Islamic State group without support of the government of Syria and that Moscow has provided military assistance to President Bashar al-Assad's regime and will continue to do so. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
    September 21, 2015  

    The conflict in Syria has become ever more complicated as factions have splintered. As Russia steps up its military support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow is calling for greater coordination with the U.S. against the common threat of the Islamic State. Gwen Ifill speaks to chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner. Continue reading

  • Handout photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by Syria's national news agency SANA via Reuters
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    Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian media Wednesday that Syrians are fleeing to other countries because of terrorism and that “Western propaganda” is pinning the blame on the Syrian government. Continue reading

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    September 10, 2015  

    As the Islamic State gains more ground in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad has increasingly turned to Russia for support. Videos on social media in recent days appear to show Russian military presence in that country, causing concern in the U.S. But the Russian foreign minister would not confirm that Russians are involved in actual combat. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 4:  Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Eastern Economic Forum September,4, 2015 in Vladivostok, Russia. Some 1500 foreign delgates from 24 countries are in attendance for the forum's first gathering.  (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
    September 10, 2015  

    What do we know about Russia’s military involvement in Syria? Gwen Ifill speaks to Pavel Baev of the Peace Research Institute Oslo and Steven Simon of Dartmouth College. Continue reading

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    September 9, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, al-Qaida rebels and other captured a key air base in Syria. The victory means that virtually all of a major province is free of government control. Meanwhile, there are growing signs of a Russian military buildup backing the Assad regime. Also, the California State Assembly voted to let the terminally ill end their lives with a doctor’s assistance. Continue reading

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    March 27, 2015  

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat down for an interview with PBS host and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose on Thursday in Damascus. Assad denied reports of chemical weapon use by his military and signaled openness to dialogue with the United States. Rose joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what he learned in the interview and the state of Damascus today. Continue reading