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    Russia Launches New Strikes — Again Not at ISIS

    Their aim can’t be this bad. The Kremlin says yesterday’s targets were ISIS-held areas, but evidence suggests they were really targeting rebel groups opposed to Assad. Russia launched fresh strikes today, again aimed at rebel targets, flying in the face of American ambitions for a political resolution and the Syrian leader’s exit. With the U.S. backing Syrian rebels — apparently now in Russian sights — the superpowers risk a much bigger blowup. Both countries’ top diplomats say they’ll hold urgent military talks in a bid to avoid clashing in the skies over Syria.

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