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Syria Proxy War

A New Cold War or Russia's Quagmire?

Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Kathleen Miles

Much to the chagrin of NATO, Gulf countries and others, Russia this week ramped up its military campaign in Syria, in what has become a war with global implications. Some say it is now a proxy war between former Cold War foes because Russian airstrikes have reportedly hit some U.S.-backed rebels. But U.S. President Barack Obama ruled out a proxy war and is reportedly scaling back his arming of rebels, possibly in an effort to "deconflict" with Russia. Has Russian President Vladimir Putin succeeded in his oft-stated goal of reasserting Russia as a great global power by filling a geopolitical vacuum in Syria? It may appear so in the short term, but Syria could end up being his quagmire as Afghanistan was for the Soviet Union. (continued)

Decision To Arm Rebels In Syria Draws U.S. Into Proxy War

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 06.14.2013 | World

-- President Barack Obama's decision to begin arming Syria's rebels deepens U.S. involvement in a regional proxy war that is increasingly being fough...

Syria: Is It Still About Assad's Fall?

Milad Jokar | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

The United States and the European governments have vehemently repeated that Bashar al Assad must step down. Can his departure stabilize Syria and stop the bloodshed?