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    Syria Deteriorates Into Potential US-Russia Flashpoint

    The enemy of my enemy is my enemy. By shooting down a Syrian military plane on Sunday, then a regime drone on Tuesday, the United States is thrusting itself deeper into that country’s seemingly endless civil war. With these attacks, and in conjuction with an April 7 missile strike on a Syrian air base, Washington risks escalation on multiple fronts, even though eliminating ISIS is its official objective. It’s enough to scare away stalwart allies like Australia, which has suspended Syrian air sorties after Russia warned that America’s strike on the Syrian jet had made all coalition aircraft its targets.

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