Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

by NATALIYA VASILYEVA and JIM HEINTZ |  |  published on October 1, 2015

MOSCOW — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.

President Vladimir Putin called it a pre-emptive strike against the militants, and the Russian Defense Ministry said its warplanes targeted and destroyed eight positions belonging to extremists from the IS group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. It did not give specific locations.

But French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in Paris: “Curiously, they didn’t hit Islamic State. I will let you draw a certain number of conclusions yourselves.”

  • Denise ogrady

    Again, thanks Oblowhole!

  • Denise ogrady

    Putin was laughing when he left talks with Oblowhole. Told his people lets move nothing will be done about it with this joke in WH! Oblowhole has been wrong about everything starting with mocking Romney about Russia being one of our biggest threats. What a loser, sending us back into war without a leader. Thanks Oblowhole,

  • The reason this administration and Obama is upset is because Putin is a Leader, while Obama is a cowardly twat and is upset that Putin always makes him look like the wimp he is, along with being a horrible excuse of a President. I don’t blame Assad one bit for getting Russia to help them, Obama certainly wasn’t! Assad has always kept the peace with Israel, same as Mubarak of Egypt, and Gadhafi of Libya, but Obama wanted all of them removed with is idiotic Arab Spring, even backing the terrorist group, Muslim Brotherhood, in Egypt! I heard once, Obama can no longer go to Egypt or the military will arrest him because of what he caused, all the slaughter! The entire mid-East is in chaos all because of Hussein Obama wanting to help ISIS develop, Arming and Funding them thru Bengazi, until Stevens found out and had to be killed! Putin makes Obama look like the treasonous little Fool that he is, and that gets Barry’s panties in a twist!

  • reggie

    Whatevah. At least he’s doing something, anything. We send our finest, our troops. to do a job; then won’t let them do what has to be done.

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