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US says Russian missiles may embolden Syria's Assad

WASHINGTON - A Russian shipment of anti-ship missiles to Syria could embolden President Bashar Assad's forces and prolong the conflict, a top US military officer said on Friday.
"It's at the very least an unfortunate decision that will embolden the regime and prolong the suffering, so it's ill-timed and very unfortunate," General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.
Dempsey said he was referring specifically to the anti-ship missiles, which Reuters reported earlier on Friday had been sent by Russia to Syria.
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