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U.S. Spies Root for an ISIS-Russia War

November 10, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
Six U.S. intelligence and military officials tell The Daily Beast that they hope an apparent ISIS attack on Metrojet Flight 9268 would force Putin to finally take the gloves off.
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U.S. drawing a line against Putin in Europe

November 2, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression.
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Obama Sends Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria

October 31, 2015
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper | The New York Times
President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Syria for the first open-ended mission by United States ground forces in that country, deepening American involvement in a war he has tried to avoid for more than four years.
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Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort

October 26, 2015
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.
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Hillary Clinton Preps for Possible Biden Campaign, Public Opinion on Gun Control, ISIS Backlash in Russia, & Death Penalty at the Supreme Court

October 9, 2015
Hillary Clinton insists she’s not looking into Joe Biden, a survey shows that majority of Americans believe in stricter gun control laws, Putin’s potential backlash from ISIL, and the possible resurrection of the death penalty controversy within the Supreme Court.

House Republicans Scramble to Find New Speaker, Hillary Clinton's Break with Obama Administration, Pentagon Shift in Syria Strategy and New Supreme Court Term Begins

October 9, 2015
Paul Ryan courted by House Republicans to serve as Speaker, Hillary Clinton distances herself from her Obama’s agenda, the Pentagon ends a program set to “train and equip” Syrian rebels, and the Supreme Court’s new term.
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Putin faces blowback from Syria intervention

October 9, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Signs are growing that Islamic militants may stage attacks inside Russia, U.S. intelligence officials say.
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A Semantic Downgrade for U.S.-Russian Talks About Operations in Syria

October 8, 2015
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
It seems there is a conflict with “deconfliction.” So, hello, “basic technical discussions.” The Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the notion that the United States and Russia were coordinating their side-by-side military campaigns in Syria, as American officials took pains to distance themselves from a combined ground and air offensive undertaken by the Syrian government and backed by Russian warplanes.
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Obama avoids a showdown in Syria

October 7, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
As Vladimir Putin takes increasingly provocative actions against U.S. interests in Syria, President Barack Obama is tuning out calls from Republicans and foreign policy heavyweights to punish the Russian president through military or economic measures.
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