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    NATO Leaders Discuss Russian Action in Syria

    Are they risking World War III? The “troubling escalation” of Moscow’s aggression in Syria — which yesterday saw Russia launch cruise missiles at 11 targets  — has prompted talks today among the alliance’s defense ministers. Amid international outcry over Putin’s apparent snub of the allied push to oust Assad, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is urging the Kremlin to stop supporting Syria’s regime. He also says NATO is ready to deploy forces to defend Turkey following reports of Russian jets violating Turkish airspace, even as reports come in that Russia may have accidentally dropped missiles into Iran.

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