Obama says US won’t co-operate with Russian military campaign in Syria; calls

In a joint statement with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Gulf Arab allies, Turkey said Russia’s actions constituted a “further escalation” of the conflict and would only fuel more extremism.


Pushkov said more than 2,500 air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria had failed to inflict significant damage on IS, but Russia’s campaign would be more intensive.

Cameron has said he sees a strong case for conducting British air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, but he wants to make sure he has enough support in parliament to gain approval.

On Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 IS members were killed when Russian warplanes hit Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in northern Syria, and the nearby Tabqa military airport.

The Pentagon on Thursday had its first conversation with Russian officials in an effort to avoid any unintended U.S.-Russian confrontations as the airstrikes continue in the skies over Syria.

Russian Federation said Friday that its strikes, its first to take place outside the former Soviet Union since the Cold War ended, could last for three to four months.

The Russian Air Force began air strikes in Syria on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a former senior military adviser told BBC2’s Newsnight the UK’s policy in Syria had been hampered by “wishful thinking” about what would happen to President Assad’s regime.

He also talked about the meeting he had with the Russian president in New York this week at the United Nations General Assembly and said he was “very clear” with Putin.

Konashenkov said equipment and weapons storage facilities were destroyed in a strike near Jisr al-Shughour and an ammunition depot was destroyed in Maaret al-Numan. The Syrian civil war, which has intensified as of late, is spilling over to global and regional levels, with several countries divided on the actions they are taking with each side. It doesn’t address a potential attack by Russian planes and does not include Syrian rebels who have not been through the US military training, even though they may be aligned with the United States or IS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied reports that civilians were killed in any Russian airstrikes.


Obama said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s decision to support a no-fly zone in Syria, which the USA president opposes, was not “half-baked”.

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