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Despite Brutal Irony, US Accuses Russia of 'Pouring Gasoline on Fire' in Syria

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With no hint of irony, given that the U.S. has been widely criticized for its bombing of the country, [Secretary of Defense Ashton] Carter equated Wednesday's airstrikes by Russian warplanes as 'pouring gasoline on the fire' in Syria.  

Though Putin has made it plain in previous comments that he would act to defend Assad from the various militias aligned against him, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow rejected claims that the strikes were not focused on ISIS, saying in a statement that all the bombings hit 'territory of the international terrorist group Isil.'

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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at  (more...)
 

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