- Russia started airstrikes two weeks ago and they are now looking to increase their operation
- So far airstrikes have been "effective, but in a typically Russian 'sledgehammer' manner"
- A reason for Russian urgency is that next month the G20 meets in Turkey
(CNN)Two weeks after they started, Russian airstrikes in Syria are ratcheting up -- and are being closely coordinated with regime ground forces as they try to seize rebel-held territory. According to many observers of the Syrian conflict, the next month will be critical, politically and militarily.