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Putin's dramatic Syria move raises Russian profile - with risks

Domestic support and military success are not guaranteed.

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A Russia warship launching a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's active military presence in and of itself necessarily entails diminishment in the US position.

New Haven

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin is remaking the Middle East by boldly creating facts on the ground. The recent military buildup and the initial airstrikes against targets inside Syria mark Russia's return as a major strategic actor for the first time since the Yom Kippur War of