Russia’s Syrian strikes to last a few months

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said both sides in Thursday’s talks presented proposals and ideas for avoiding conflict between United States and Russian aircraft.


The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict with a network of sources on the ground, said Islamic State had no presence in the western and northern areas that were struck.

A few 18 strikes are said to have been carried out since Thursday evening (October 1).

Konashenkov said a Su-34 airplane had destroyed a terrorist command post and underground bunker with explosives and weapons around Raqqa, RIA reported.

The Russian leadership has recently amplified its military aid to the Syrian military forces.

He said their bodies were transported to a hospital in the province. But many of these groups have had limited success against Assad’s forces.

A day earlier, a military source told Xinhua that over 30 Russian war jets have recently arrived in Syria as part of the recent Russian declared strikes against the jihadi militant groups.

“It’s really a shame”, she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit back at allegations that civilians had been killed in Russian raids, describing such claims as “information warfare”.

Russian warplanes unleashed a new wave of strikes against opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday, as Moscow and Washington sought ways to avoid confrontation between their forces.

“The main target are the Daesh groups situated closest to Damascus”, Pushkov insisted.

SU-34 fighter jets also targeted a training camp belonging to the Islamic State group near the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province and destroyed ammunition and equipment, the ministry said. The US-led coalition has pretended to bomb Daesh (another name for Islamic State) for a year, without results.

“American experts informed us that there was nobody but terrorists in the district”, Kartapolov said.

On Friday, President Obama condemned the airstrikes, calling Russia’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “counterproductive”.

Putin’s decision to launch strikes in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a civil war more than four years old, where every major country in the region has a stake.

But it was concern over the potential of Moscow to focus on groups other than ISIL that prompted a response Friday from a U.S.-led coalition, which also carries out airstrikes in the strife-torn country, calling on Moscow to immediately cease attacks on Syria’s opposition.


A joint statement by France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Britain and the United States expressed concern over Russia’s military actions saying they will “only fuel more extremism and radicalization”.

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