A column of smoke rises from Syria, near its border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on June 24, 2017, after an Israeli airstrike. Russia is taking steps to beef up Syria's air defense network since Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian plane while responding to an Israeli attack on Sept. 17, 2018.
Russia is trying to avoid disaster in Syria. After a Syrian surface-to-air missile battery accidentally shot down a Russian surveillance plane Sept. 17 while responding to an Israeli attack, Moscow is moving to secure Syria's airspace, as expected. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Sept. 24 that his country would...
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