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Russia begins Syria air strikes in its biggest Mideast intervention in decades

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

(Worthy News) - Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, plunging the four-year-old civil war into a volatile new phase as President Vladimir Putin moved forcefully to stake out influence in the unstable region.

Moscow's assertion that it had hit Islamic State militants was immediately disputed by the United States and rebels on the ground. The attacks also raised the dangerous specter of Washington and Moscow running air strikes concurrently and in the same region, but without coordination.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks at the United Nations that they agreed their countries should meet very soon on the Syrian situation.

"We agreed on the imperative of as soon as possible, perhaps even as soon as tomorrow, but as soon as possible, having a military-to-military deconfliction discussion," Kerry said. [ Source ]

Russia warned over Syria air strikes, which reportedly target US-backed rebels

Russian air strikes risk driving Syria’s “entire opposition” into the arms of Isil, Britain warned on Wednesday, as President Vladimir Putin's jets bombed targets in three different provinces, reports Harriet Alexander in New York and Roland Oliphant in Moscow.

US officials have now said that at least one strike directly targeted rebels that were trained and supported by the US, according to the Wall St Journal.

The SU-24 strike aircraft launched a series of raids in Homs, Hama and Latakia. The Russian defence ministry said that 20 sorties were flown against eight targets, described as “military vehicles” along with “arms, ammunition and fuel depots” belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). [ Source ]

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8 thoughts on “Russia begins Syria air strikes in its biggest Mideast intervention in decades

  1. well...I don't have much "Faith" in Russia. I think they are incompetent in so many ways especially military. Looks like they've already botched it, by hitting civilians and totally missing the mark. But then again it could be ISIS is planting themselves in the civilian population like Hamas is famous for. However, as for Putin...I'm glad someone is standing up to ISIS. Lord knows we aren't. Something has to be done NOW! He's going after those that oppose Assad. At first they were called freedom fighters, then we found out they were ISIS mixed with other named terrorists - Al Qaeda. We armed Al Qaeda. That came out during Benghazi. The Obama Admin wanted us to think they were freedom fighters giving legitimacy to his unseating of Assad. Mean while he unleashed hell in Syria as well as Egypt. Only Egypt was smart enough to unseat Morsi of Muslim Brotherhood who was responsible for the murders of Christians in Egypt.

  2. They are striking the Al Queda militants that we've been training to depose Asaad. Neither side has clean hands. With the telegraphed weakness from the U.S. this isn't surprising. I believe that there's no good ending to this. However, God is in control and He is Good.

  3. For the bloodshed in Syria to end, someone has to win. Most of those opposing Assad are Islamists who oppress non-Muslims and would make trouble for Israel. While Assad is a murderous dictator, he generally didn't oppress non-Muslim minorities (Druze, ethnic Christians, Alawites like himself), and kept things quiet on the Golan. From a purely humanitarian perspective, a victory for Assad might be the least evil of a number of possible evil outcomes.

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