Russia reasserts its muscle

Western policymakers and strategists are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin’s military goals are in Syria — and if he intends to help the Assad regime regain territory lost to opposition forces

Turkey shoots down Russian fighter jet

Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’ to ‘stab in the back’

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Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, and Russia's president, Vladimir Putin ©Reuters
An anti-terror alliance with Russia must have clear goals and limits
Pro-regime demonstrators hold photos of Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin outside Russia's embassy in Damascus ©AP
The US should treat Russia’s Syria initiative with extreme caution
US is right to extend fight against Isis but its goals must be defined

Iran and Russia restate support for Assad

Putin visits Tehran for first time in eight years

West sees hope of Syria deal with Moscow

Optimism nurtured by growing signs of Russia’s co-operation as its military intervention falters

LATTAKIA, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 28 : Syrian opponents stage a missile attack against Hemeimeem military airport which is currently used by Russian military in Lattakia, Syria on September 28, 2015. (Photo by Ali Hafawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Iran and Russia turn ‘frenemies’ in Syria

Former foes have common short-term interests but divergent long-term goals

Clinton urges tougher US response in Syria

Presidential candidate wants no-fly zone and more air strikes

Cameron bullish on tackling Isis in Syria

Prime minister rejects calls to wait for UN resolution

Air strikes threaten Isis oil production

Militants have made huge profits despite drop in crude prices

Bear bombers lead Russia’s robust response

Moscow presses its advantage as would-be international leader

Putin embraces French ‘allies’ in Syria

Co-ordination shows rapprochement with Moscow after attacks

Raqqa reaps wind of Isis occupation

Raids on group’s capital target jihadi morale and western opinion

PM makes stronger case for Syria strikes

Parliament urged to consider if UK is doing enough against Raqqa

Corbyn faces Labour rebellion on Syria

Benn clashes with leader as tensions hit party’s upper echelons

Bomb downed Metrojet plane, says Russia

Putin to step up Syria strikes after traces of explosive found

Second man sought in Europe-wide hunt

Two charged in Belgium as France readies antidote for nerve gas

Hollande urged to rethink Syria strategy

Choices that guide France’s intervention questioned

Hollande: France is at ‘war’ with Isis

President seeks extra powers as manhunt intensifies

France launches strikes on Isis in Syria

Raqqa hit hours after vow to intensify fight against terror group

US ‘reasonably’ sure Jihadi John is dead

Militant in beheading videos targeted in US drone strike

Friend or foe: Syria summit faces dilemma

Vienna talks set to struggle over who is a ‘terrorist’

Assad forces claim recapture of key base

Breakthrough would be strategic and propaganda coup