Muslimpress:Although the crisis is Syria is deepening the Russian president seems to be determined to help Bashar al - Assad win the war. Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged continued military support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad despite growing concerns over Moscow's role in the war. Putin also urged other countries to join Russia in sending "military-technical assistance". He said the flow of refugees to Europe would have been "even bigger" without Russian support for Syria's government. But the White House said Russia's support for President Assad was "counterproductive". The US would prefer to see more "constructive engagement" from Russia with the coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS), spokesman Josh Earnest said. Moscow has been a key ally of Assad throughout the bloody civil war, which began in 2011.