Russian jets pound ISIS capital in Syria as coalition voices anger

Russian sorties over Syria
A bomb explosión in Syria, captured from footage from the Russian Defense Ministry. AP photo.
A bomb explosión in Syria, captured from footage from the Russian Defense Ministry. AP photo.

PARIS, France – Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) targets in several provinces in Syria on Friday, including the city of Raqqa which the militants regard as their headquarters.

Meanwhile in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Francois Hollande met to discuss Moscow’s stepped up military involvement in Syria, which began this week with Russian bombardment of ISIS militants and opponents of the Syrian regime.

The third day of Russian airstrikes in Syria prompted an angry response by the US-led coalition that has been arrayed against ISIS for more than a year, but without any great success.

The US has expressed deep concern that Russia has been targeting opposition forces that Washington supports against the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and to focus its efforts on fighting ISIL,” said the coalition, which is led by the United States and backed by many European countries, Turkey and several Arab states.

“We express our deep concern with regard to the Russian military build-up in Syria and especially ‎the attacks by the Russian Air Force on Hama, Homs and Idlib since yesterday which led to civilian casualties and did not target Daesh,” it said, referring to ISIS by its Arabic acronym.

Russia acknowledged 18 airstrikes against 12 targets on Friday, but it has denied reports of civilian casualties.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its jets had struck an ISIS training camp near Raqqa, and that raids also hit an ISIS command post, a training camp and dozens of vehicles equipped with machine guns in central Hama province.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted sources as saying that a command headquarters and a signal center in Daret Ezza, in the countryside of Aleppo, were destroyed in Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

It reported raids in Idlib, Hama and the city of Palmyra, and air strikes in Aleppo and Quneitra that targeted Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

Sana said that two convoys of armored vehicles belonging to militant groups were destroyed in Aleppo, on a road used by the groups as a supply route from Turkey.

In Paris, Hollande and Putin tried to narrow differences between Moscow and the coalition over the Syrian conflict, which have intensified with Russian involvement.

Russia supports Assad, while France and other Western countries, which want him out, have been focusing their attacks on ISIS and backing the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other so-called moderate groups.

The official Russia Today website quoted Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as saying Russia aims to destroy the ISIS infrastructure, including command, communications and surveillance centers as well as  weapons, ammunition depots, and bomb-making factories.

The spokesman reiterated that Syrian troops are carrying out ground operations without the participation of Russian forces.

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  1. Ohhhh . . . boo hoo, cries the zog of the usssssssa (Un-free Soviet Socialist Satanic Soulless Savage-like Slave States of Amerikka/IzraHell).

    As Captain Obvious wrote, “Don’t hit OUR terrorists.” Too damned bad. Those cutthroat mercenaries put themselves in the line-of-fire. They have NO business destroying Syria. They need to be killed.

    In addition to the paid mercenaries ravaging Syria and causing the mass exodus of refugees fleeing for their lives to immigrate into the EU, there are many more zionist terrorists and their proxy, zionist-owned terrorists, in tel aviv, Cesspool, DC / wall street axis-of-Pure Evil, and the city-of-london enclave of global financial terrorists & economic enslavers. I’d applaud if Russians ‘mistakenly’ had a few stray bombs explode in the midst of such filth. And, I’m an American born in the USA (which is now effectively defunct since murdered by zionist scum).

  2. I find it completely ludicrous that the US has the audacity to speak of Russia’s air strikes when it was reported today that the US airstrikes in Syria may have struck a charity,”Doctors without Borders” hosp ital murdering twelve doctors ans seven patients.

    Israel and the Jews have no business dictating the US support in the destruction of Syria. The Zionist leadership sits back and revels in the fact that their goal of breaking Syria up into smaller enclaves so as t o no longer be a threat is coming to fruition regardless of the negative influence rising against the US.

  3. VT news indicates that ISIS and the leaders of the US/NATO coalition have followed directives from Israel.
    Obviously, Syrian and Russian fighter aircraft pilots are NOT following directives from Israel.
    The difference is decisive !

  4. “oh dont hit OUR terrorists”.. yeah right..
    this whole push for “regime change” isn’t anything but undeclared declaration of WAR,
    and the warfare carried out by mercenary terrorists is for providing “plausible deniability”.
    the problem is they’ve been caught red handed too many times supporting terrorists.
    the terrorists AND the terrorists who support them, deserve to be snuffed.
    of course their “media” will call action like that “terrorism” when it’s just KARMA.

  5. There is no “Syrian opposition” …only an “Opposition to Syria” devoid of Syrians…. undermining the good on a path to peace … they drink from a foul source when clean and clear is here… and their words reflect that source

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