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September 20, 2015

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad shake hands as they meet in Moscow's Kremlin in 2006. (AFP/Sergei Karpukhin)
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Russia's recently enhanced presence in Syria indicates a backing of the Assad regime. But is it really just a ploy to make America look foolish in the international arena?

October 1, 2015

Iran plans to launch a major ground offensive that will be supported by Russian airstrikes. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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Lebanese sources revealed on Thursday that hundreds of Iranian troops have entered Syria in the last ten days, and are planning a major ground offensive together with Syrian regime forces and Hezbollah militants.

September 25, 2015

At least 717 Muslim pilgrims were killed in Mina following a deadly stampede, September 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Iranian authorities confirmed that at least 131 nationals were killed in Thursday's Hajj stampede.