Are we witnessing the start of WWIII? Russia demands US remove war planes from Syria, US says no
Putin just deployed an array of jets and missiles to the Middle East. But they’re not the kind of weapons he’d need to fight ISIS. They’re built for countering another major power.
On Sept. 30, Russian lawmakers unanimously approved Pres. Vladimir Putin's plan to begin combat operations in Syria -- and hours later Moscow's warplanes in the region began attacking ISIS militants.
Right before the bombs rained down, a Russian general arrived in Baghdad warned the U.S. military planners to keep America's own warplanes out of the way. U.S. officials said they would not alter their flight plans.
This is the beginning of a dangerous new phase of the international intervention in the Syrian civil war. Not only has Russia tried to order U.S. forces to step aside, it actually has the firepower to back up its demands. Some of the 35 warplanes Russia has deployed to Syria are specifically designed for fighting foes like the United States, not ISIS.