Putin Said to Plan Islamic State Strike With or Without U.S.By , , and
Iran, Syria may join in attacks as Putin strengthens toehold
Kremlin insists U.S.-led coalition coordinate with Syria army
President Vladimir Putin, determined to strengthen Russia’s only military outpost in the Middle East, is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces, two people familiar with the matter said.
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