• 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

  • 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

  • Free Syrian Army fighters fire rockets towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern countryside of Quneitra, Syria, June 17, 2015. Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where bombardments could be seen a short distance away. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GWBT
    September 6, 2015  

    As one of the catalysts for the mass migration happening in Europe, Syria’s civil war has displaced millions of people. If recent reports that Russia is stepping up support for Syria’s Al-Assad are true, Secretary of State Kerry warns things could get a lot worse. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Alison Stewart from Washington with more on the war. Continue reading

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    September 2, 2015  

    In Eastern Ukraine, the return to school provided an occasion for a cease-fire that started Tuesday. But a day later the temporary peace was violated, when a Ukrainian army vehicle was ambushed near Luhansk. Now in the second year of conflict, trench warfare rages on between government troops and Russian-backed separatists. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading