Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) holds a meeting with government members at Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 30 September 2015. Russia has begun conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, Russia's Defence Ministry confirmed, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria


Russia has begun carrying out airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State on Wednesday, after the Russian parliament has voted unanimously to grant President Vladimir Putin the right to deploy the country’s military troops in Syria. However, the Kremlin said it will only use its air force in Syria, not ground troops.

The move was confirmed by the defence ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov. Konashenkov told Russian news agencies that the airstrikes targeted IS positions, vehicles and warehouse...


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