On 6 October, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported Russian ground troops within Syria. Stoltenberg confirmed a second incursion of Russian combat aircraft in Turkish airspace. Russia continues to increase its military support to al-Bassar Assad’s regime. Russia’s recent air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, incursion of Turkish airspace, and ground troops in Syria are increasing tensions in the area.
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