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As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

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    As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf
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    This photo shows a general top view of the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. The carrier is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the military operation against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    The USS Theodore Roosevelt exited the Persian Gulf for maintenance early Friday, leaving the key body of water without a U.S. aircraft carrier for the first time since 2007.

    The temporary measure comes as Russia steps up its presence in the region to lend muscle to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian forces began bombing targets in Syria last week, drawing criticism from the U.S. and its allies, who say that Russia is mainly targeting rebels fighting Assad instead of ISIS.
    The U.S., which is conducting its own airstrikes against ISIS, will still be able to launch its planes from Turkey, Qatar and other coalition nations that have entered the fight against the radical group.