Russian Airstrikes in Syria Aim to Build Alawite Mini-state for Assad

Putin's military intervention does not target ISIS, but seeks to establish a solid strategic base for Russia in the Middle East. As Russia forges an alliance with Iran and Iraq, Israel's interests will be put at stake.

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Many Russian analysts maintain that Russia's intervention in Syria is driven by Vladimir Putin’s desire to reinstate the status of the world's largest nation as a superpower and his genuine belief that the...