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The civil war in Syria has taken another turn with Russia carrying out deliberate and regular air strikes on insurgent groups within Syrian borders. There's looming speculation that the war has turned into a full-fledged proxy war between the U.S. and Russia, with air attacks from Russian forces and U.S. military supplying heavy artillery to rebel groups. Now, there are calls from some U.S. presidential candidates to enforce a no-fly zone over Syrian air space. It's a move that could push U.S. and Russia into an all-out military conflict. Notably, former Secretary of State and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has advocated for a no-fly zone to reduce civilian casualties and stem the massive flow of migrants fleeing from Syria. Republican candidates have also joined the call for the no-fly zone, a welcome move for voters who see President Obama as being to weak to intervene. Still, experts who have been monitoring the Syrian Civil War say that enforcing a no fly zone would escalate tensions between Russia and the U.S. to new levels-potentially crossing over into full on military aggression.
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"Insurgent commanders say that since Russia began air attacks in support of the Syrian government, they are receiving for the first time bountiful supplies of powerful American-made antitank missiles."
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"During a recent news conference, President Obama said he would not allow the current conflict in Syria to devolve into a proxy war between the United States and Russia."
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"But we're not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States and Russia. That would be bad strategy on our part. This is a battle between Russia, Iran, and Assad against the overwhelming majority of the Syrian people."
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