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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, October 2, 2015

Proxy war between US and Russia

According to reports in the media Russia is not only attacking IS targets in Syria but also the bases of other rebel groups. This support for Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad will deepen the conflict between Russia and the US, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: "The battle between the rebels and the regime has become a proxy war between America and Russia in which both major powers are directly participating. A quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War military representatives from Washington and Moscow are once again talking about how to prevent the fighter jets of both sides from shooting down each other by mistake. This is a step back into dark times, and no one can guarantee that at some point a dangerous misunderstanding will result. The chilling aspect here is that if you look at Putin's behaviour in recent years, you see that precisely this step backwards was his goal all along."

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