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Iraq-Syria Battlespace: November 2015

Nov 24, 2015 | 09:17 GMT
Iraq-Syria Battlespace: November 2015 (DISPLAY)
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Russia's involvement in the Syrian conflict is growing, to the advantage of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces. Over the past few days, Russian heavy bombers have continued to launch airstrikes against Syrian rebel units in Idlib and Aleppo as well as Islamic State forces in Raqqa and Deir el-Zour provinces. Russians reportedly have also been spotted in new locations held by the Syrian government, including Sweida and the recently besieged Kweiris air base in eastern Aleppo. Meanwhile, Russian artillery units have assisted a loyalist offensive against Mahin, a town in central Syria that troops recaptured from the Islamic State on Nov. 23, and a Russian infantry unit allegedly has been directly involved in attempts to seize the Latakia province town of Jabal Zuwayk....

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