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Bashar Assad

Russia deploys warships in Syria push as Putin seeks allies

MOSCOW - Russia added a new dimension to its military campaign in Syria with warships firing cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea, while President Vladimir Putin urged the United States and countries in the region to form a coalition against Islamic State and other militant groups. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that Russian bombers had hit 112 targets in Syria since the campaign began on Sept. 30 and that "the intensity of the strikes is increasing." Naval vessels in the Caspian 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) away fired 26 missiles at 11 objects on Wednesday, destroying them all, Shoigu said. Russia should "continue to work with our foreign partners," Putin...