Syria crisis: Russia begins air strikes against Assad
Damascus: Russian aircraft soared the skies and began bombarding the rebel captive areas in Syria. This came in as a continuation of Syria’s civil war which has been going on for almost four years during which a varied number of armed groups have fought against the ruling government with an objective of overthrowing and toppling the government time and again.
The latest update on Syria crisis is this air strike which has been initiated by Russian defence personnel.Russia has begun carrying out air strikes in Syria against opponents of President Bashar al-Assad.The strikes reportedly hit rebel-controlled areas of Homs and Hama provinces, causing casualties. Russian defence officials informed that aircraft carried out about 20 missions, targeting Islamic State.
The upper house of the Russian parliament earlier granted President Vladimir Putin permission to deploy the Russian air force in Syria.This air strike has then begun as a follow on activity of this permission to deployment of Russian air base in the war-struck state of Syria.Russian defence ministry said the country’s air force had targeted IS military equipment, communication facilities, arms depots, ammunition and fuel supplies – and did not hit civilian infrastructure or areas nearby.
Syrian opposition activists said Russian warplanes had hit towns including Zafaraneh, Rastan and Talbiseh, resulting in the deaths of 36 people, a number of them children.But they added that none of the areas targeted were controlled by IS.
The US responded to these air strikes, saying, says it was informed an hour before they took place. but US officials said that so far the Russians did not appear to be targeting IS-held territory.US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States was prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria – but only as long as it was directed against IS and al-Qaeda-linked groups.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, Mr Kerry said the US would have grave concerns if Russia conducted strikes against other groups.He said the US-led coalition against Islamic State would dramatically accelerate America’s efforts, but care and precaution would be taken for which US was prepared to hold talks with Russia about avoiding accidental conflicts between the two air strike campaigns as early as possible.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the Russian strikes were probably not in IS-controlled areas. But he warned that Russia’s military moves were doomed to fail.
US and its allies have insisted that President Assad should leave office, while Russia has backed its ally remaining in power.