Lastweek the Russian military began conducting airstrikes in support of Syria's beleaguered president Bashar al-Assad. Syria has long been Russia's most important ally in the Middle East and is home to a Russian naval base in the port city of Latakia. While Russia claims that its airstrikes have targeted Islamic Extremists there is evidence that the regime has carried out strikes against Western backed rebels. In this week's episode, Mike and Danny talk about Russia's intervention in Syria and what it means for the Assad regime.
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