Middle East

Russia's Low-Risk Gambit in Syria

Helping Assad is a way for Russia to test new weapons and score propaganda points.

Ready for takeoff.

Photographer: Vladimir Rodionov/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that four Russian cruise missiles fell in Iran rather than in Syria. To Carter, the errant munitions reflect Russia's "unprofessional behavior." To the Russians, they may be part of the reason they are in Syria in the first place.

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