The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad just got a big weapons boost from Russia. Assad says a Russian arms shipment has arrived, and that may include sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missiles.
Those long-range S-300 missiles would be a game changer for Syria's civil war, and for the region.
The move has implications for Israel, which recently launched an airstrike near Damascus targeting shipments of advanced weapons intended for Hezbollah.
Assad is warning that Damascus will retaliate in kind to any future Israeli airstrike on his territory.
Also today, a Russian arms manufacturer announced it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 fighter jets to the Assad regime.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has officially labeled one of the rebel groups, called al-Nusra, as a front group for al Qaeda.
That comes as the terrorist group Hezbollah is also ramping up its involvement, fighting on behalf of the Assad regime.
Last week, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah firmly linked his militant group's fate to the survival of the Assad regime.
More than 70,000 people have been killed in the 26-month-old Syrian conflict.