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Russia Launches Airstrikes In Syria; U.S. Questions Targets

BEIRUT — Russian warplanes launched their first airstrikes Wednesday against opposition targets in Syria, signaling a new and uncertain turn in the long conflict there. Russian officials said the attacks in support of President Bashar Assad's government targeted positions of the Islamic State, the al-Qaida breakaway faction that has seized control of vast areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq. However, Syrian opposition activists said the areas hit were in the hands of other rebel factions, including some fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, a loose grouping that has received aid from Washington and its allies in the Persian Gulf and Turkey. Rebel-held pockets north...