• 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 sits while being introduced to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28,  2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1SW9T
    September 28, 2015  

    U.S. and Russian tensions were in the spotlight at the United Nations General Assembly, where both President Obama and President Putin addressed the fight against the Islamic State. While Obama rejected support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Putin maintained that working with the Syrian government is the only way to defeat IS. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. 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

  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an opening ceremony for the newly restored Moscow Cathedral Mosque on September 23, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmod Abbas all attended the opening. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
    September 23, 2015  

    In “Imperial Gamble,” journalist Marvin Kalb argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin has won in Ukraine. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner sits down with Kalb to discuss Putin’s world view and game plan. 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

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London September 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool - RTS1WJI
    September 19, 2015  

    The United States is calling on Russia to discuss a political settlement to the Syrian civil war. The U.S. and Russian defense secretaries have started talking also in order to avoid a direct conflict between American and Russian forces. New York Times correspondent Michael Gordon is traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from London for the latest on the talks. Continue reading

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed about the ongoing Syrian crisis, in London, Britain, September 18, 2015. Photo by Evan Vucci/Reuters.
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    The United States is disturbed by Russia’s movement of tactical aircraft to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, acknowledging that the jets could pose a threat to American and allied military forces. Continue reading

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    September 17, 2015  

    Abu Omar al-Shishani, an Islamic State military commander in Syria, is an ethnic Chechen who fought against Russia as part of the Georgian army in 2008. How did he become one of the top figures in IS? Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner speaks with Mitchell Prothero of McClatchy Newspapers, who has just written an exhaustive profile of Shishani. Continue reading

  • A child inspects a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar el-Asaad at Arbin town in Damascus countryside, Syria on July 21, 2015. Although the Obama administration is unsure about Moscow's intentions, U.S. officials agreed to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's military buildup in Syria. Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters
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    WASHINGTON — Amid increasing unease and uncertainty over Russia’s intentions, the Obama administration plans to accept an offer from Russia for direct talks on its military buildup in Syria that U.S. officials believe is aimed at propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad. 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