Russia’s Move Into Syria A "Game Changer," Think Tank Warns
"Russia’s recent deployment of troops, helicopters and battle tanks to Western Syria is a “Middle East game changer,” says the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War in a bulletin released Thursday."
"While the Russian move will help protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the ISW said, it also 'will alter the nature of international negotiations, compromise and weaken the cohesion and efforts of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition … and initiate direct Russo-Iranian military operations for the first time.' ”
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