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Russian military presence in Syria poses challenge to US-led intervention

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Image from a quicklink Russian military advisers are manning some of Syria's more sophisticated air defences -- something that would complicate any future US-led intervention. The depth and complexity of Syria's anti-aircraft defences mean that any direct western campaign, in support of a no-fly zone or in the form of punitive air strikes against the leadership, would be costly, protracted and risky. The possibility of Russian military casualties in such a campaign could have unpredictable geopolitical consequences.

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