• In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters. (Sergey Guneyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are playing well at home

    MOSCOW (AP) — Whatever effect Russia’s airstrikes are having on the ground in Syria, their impact at home is clear: They prove to Russians that their country is showing up the United States and reclaiming its rightful place as a global power.