The leaders of Russia and Iran both have ramped up their propaganda machines to project images of surging regional influence within Syria. This aggressive news management by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, not so incidentally, coincides with the waning of U.S. power and influence.

Since the start of the Russian bombing campaign Sept. 30, the Russian media have flooded the airwaves with images of aerial strikes against targets said by Russia to be ISIS military installations.
Russia Today (or RT, that nation’s global news network) shows images day after day of what are supposed to be successful bombing raids. Also on view: a Russian fighter apparently chasing a U.S. drone over Syria.
Meanwhile, domestic Russian viewers see Syria updates almost continuously as part of a coordinated government media campaign to sell the war.