Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West
Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West Russia bombed the group Islamic State of Syrian fortifications on Saturday and vowed to press the air strikes, despite criticism from Washington and its allies that military action was to strengthen jihadists.

 

A long-term big supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has begun outputs on its ally Wednesday in what it said would be a prolonged bombing of IS and other extremist groups.

Top military officials in Moscow said that their planes pounded Syria Saturday after a strike that blew up a command post in Raqa, the de facto capital of Syria, to 60 in the number of exits made so far.

United States and its allies have condemned Russia, accusing it of trying to support Assad under a sustained assault on the IS.

President Barack Obama Friday called dramatic intervention of Russia a “recipe for disaster”, but promised Washington would not be drawn into a proxy war.

Putin “does not distinguish between Isil and moderate Sunni opposition, which wants to see Mr. Assad goes,” said Obama, using an alternative name for IS.

“From their perspective, all of them are terrorists.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday that Russia was aggravating the situation.

“It is absolutely clear that Russia no distinction between Isil and legitimate Syrian opposition groups and therefore they are actually supporting and helping butcher Assad and really make the situation worse.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Putin to rethink his strategy.

“I’ll be sure to talk to Putin,” he said. “I want to understand why Russia so interested in Syria.”

– “Panic and desertion” –

Putin said Moscow air strikes are pre-emptive, emphasizes the need to hunt before the militants to Russia, which has a large Muslim population.

His entry this week in the Syrian conflict is the first major military engagement of Russia outside the former Soviet Union, since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979.

A senior officer in Moscow said that Russia’s recent raids have forced hundreds of militants to flee.

“Panic and began deserting their ranks,” said Colonel General Andrei Kartapolov, the Russian general staff.

“Some 600 mercenaries have left their positions and try to find their way to Europe.”

Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that more than 24 hours earlier, SU-34 fighter jets dropped 500 concrete busting bomb BETAB a command post in the area of ​​Raqa.

“A powerful explosion in the hopper means that it has also been used by terrorists to store a large amount of ammunition,” he said, releasing a video of the strike.

He said that Russian aircraft also destroyed a munitions depot near the town of Jisr al-Shughur and targeted a training camp belonging close to the town of Maaret al-Numan, both in Idlib province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said six civilians, including a woman and her daughters, four were slain in Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib province, suspected in the latest strikes being carried out by Russian warplanes.

– Hospital hit –

Four other suspected Russian strike the city of Al-Qaryatain hit is held in the central province of Homs, said the group, which relies on a network of sources on the ground for its information.

But raids by order of Moscow also touched areas controlled by moderate groups fighting Assad and even prompted a US senator John McCain application that Russian aircraft had trained slain rebels and financed by the CIA.

Russia said this week strikes destroyed its positions in the north of the province of Aleppo, Idlib and the neighboring province of Hama in central Syria.

But several military sources said Russia got Observatory different groups controlled areas.

The Observatory also said that the Russian attacks killed more civilians and doctors wounded in an attack on a hospital in Hama.

He said the Russian attacks on Friday hit a hospital in the village of Bernas, in the western province of Latakia.

Activists said the hospital was dominated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), but the group said only ormerly funded facility, but confirmed that it was damaged, and said there were no casualties.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said only five percent of strokes is aimed Russian.

Syrian conflict began as a revolt against the Assad regime in 2011, but has splintered into a multi-front civil war with government forces, rebels moderate Kurdish jihadists and all forces fighting for control.

More than 240,000 people were slain, four million more forced to flee the country.

A bombed by US-led coalition IS positions in Syria in September 2014, but militants still managed to take the floor, including the ancient city of Palmyra desert, a UN world heritage site.

Russia hits IS in Syria heartland in defiance of West