30 Sep '15, 1pm

Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria - US

Russia launches first airstrikes in Syria - US

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin won parliamentary permission to use force abroad, the United States said. A US official said the strike was near the city of Homs in what is Moscow’s first engagement in a distant theatre of war since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Russia’s deepening engagement in Syria comes as Putin and US President Barack Obama push rival plans on ways to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria and on the future role of the country’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad. Related Story Russia informed Israel ahead of Syria attack: Source “They gave us a heads-up they were going to start striking in Syria,” a US defence official said. “It was in the vicinity of Homs.” The Russian defence ministry declined to immediately confirm the strikes. President Vladimir Putin had just hours e...

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