Do Russia And The U.S. Have Any Common Ground In Syria?05:14
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A picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is splattered with eggs during a protest against Russian military operations in Syria, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)
A picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is splattered with eggs during a protest against Russian military operations in Syria, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)
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In Brussels today, NATO defense ministers urged Russia to stop backing Syrian President Bashar Assad. At the same time, Syria's top general praised the Russians for their airstrikes, saying they have cleared the way for the new ground offensive that Syrian troops have mounted to eliminate terrorists - a term the Syrian government uses to refer to all armed opposition to Assad.

Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of International Studies joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss the evolving situation.

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This segment aired on October 8, 2015.

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