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Russia Joins Air War Against ISIS In Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin sits before speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin sits before speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on September 28, 2015 in New York City. The ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has spawned are playing a backdrop to this years 70th annual General Assembly meeting of global leaders. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Russia ramped up its military effort in Syria today, targeting ISIS militants with airstrikes. The U.S. and several other countries are also fighting ISIS in Syria, conducting airstrikes against the militants.

This week at the United Nations, President Obama said the bottom line is that Syrian President Bashar Assad has to go. Is that the true solution? Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Guest

  • Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and a columnist for the Boston Globe. He tweets @stephenkinzer.

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