Russia Kills 'Hundreds Of Terrorists' In Syria:
Russia has warned it could widen its offensive against Islamic State in Syria - which it claims have already killed hundreds of militants - to include missile strikes from ships in the Mediterranean. Ref. Source 7r
Moscow's escalating militancy in Syria comes not because of careful strategic decisions but rather because Russian President Vladimir Putin is "Winging it," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN Thursday in an exclusive interview.
Clapper said Putin was "Very impulsive and opportunistic" As he increased Russian support for close ally President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's roiling civil war. Ref. CNN
Russia says bombed Syria targets after 'opposition' gave coordinates:
Russian jets bombed 24 targets in Syria Tuesday after "Opposition representatives" Gave them coordinates in the first time Moscow has claimed to work with opposition groups during its air campaign. Ref. Source 8x
Russians expanding 2nd air base in country:
Russian troops are expanding a military base in central Syria, adding fortifications and developing its runways in a sign they intend to use it as their second air base in the country, Syrian activists said Thursday. Ref. Source 7j