Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has backed Russia's air strikes in his country. Speaking on Iranian TV, he said the success of a military campaign involving Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
US-led coalition aircraft have allegedly bombed a prison in Syria killing dozens of civilians. The director of public affairs for the coalition campaign confirmed that an investigation had been launched.
The bill, which was passed almost unanimously, would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. In addition to straining ties between the US and Russia, it could also raise tensions with the EU.
The US Senate has passed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. In addition to straining ties between the US and Russia, it could also raise tensions with the EU.
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